May 16, 2020

Jaguar Land Rover opens new multi-million engine manufacturing plant

Jaguar Land Rover
Ralf Speth
Manufacturing Plant
automoti
Glen White
1 min
Jaguar Land Rover has opened a new £500 million engine manufacturing centre in the UK.
Jaguar Land Rover has opened a new £500 million engine manufacturing centre in the UK. The plant will manufacture its efficient range of Ingenium...

Jaguar Land Rover has opened a new £500 million engine manufacturing centre in the UK. The plant will manufacture its efficient range of Ingenium engines, which will be used in the Jaguar XE and the Land Rover Discovery Sport, however it is understood the engines will eventually power the entire JLR range.

Speaking at the opening of the new site, Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth said, “The engine manufacturing centre represents all that is great about British engineering.”

Located near Wolverhampton, the site will be home to 1,400 employees who will help to build JLR's range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. The company says an additional 5,500 jobs will be created in the wider automotive supply chain.

A total of 150 machines will work across three production lines to produce the Ingenium engine range. The manufacturing plant has cost in the region of £500 million to build.

The investment in its new engine family is significant for JLR. Ingenium engines are claimed to weigh up to 80kg less than the company’s current offerings, while offering improved performance and reducing CO2 emissions. All engines in the range have a fixed cylinder size of 500cc. 

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May 12, 2021

Gartner: Leaders Lack Skilled Smart Manufacturing Workers

SmartManufacturing
DigitalTransformation
DigitalFactory
ConnectedFactory
2 min
57% of manufacturing leaders feel that their organisations lack the skilled workers needed to support smart manufacturing digitalisation

With organisations rapidly adopting industry 4.0 capabilities to increase productivity, efficiency, transparency, and quality as well as reduce cost, manufacturers “are under pressure to bring their workforce into the 21st century,” says Gartner.

While more connected factory workers are leveraging digital tools and data management techniques to improve decision accuracy, increase knowledge and lessen variability, 57% of manufacturing leaders feel that their organisations lack the skilled workers needed to support their smart manufacturing digitalisation plans.

“Our survey revealed that manufacturers are currently going through a difficult phase in their digitisation journey toward smart manufacturing,” said Simon Jacobson, Vice President analyst, Gartner Supply Chain practice.

“They accept that changing from a break-fix mentality and culture to a data-driven workforce is a must. However, intuition, efficiency and engagement cannot be sacrificed. New workers might be tech-savvy but lack access to best practices and know-how — and tenured workers might have the knowledge, but not the digital skills. A truly connected factory worker in a smart manufacturing environment needs both.”

Change Management

Surveying 439 respondents from North America, Western Europe and APAC, Gartner found that “organisational complexity, integration and process reengineering are the most prevalent challenges for executing smart manufacturing initiatives.” Combined they represent “the largest change management obstacle [for manufacturers],” adds Gartner.

“It’s interesting to see that leadership commitment is frequently cited as not being a challenge. Across all respondents, 83% agree that their leadership understands and accepts the need to invest in smart manufacturing. However, it does not reflect whether or not the majority of leaders understand the magnitude of change in front of them – regarding technology, as well as talent,” added Jacobson.

Technology and People

While the value and opportunities smart manufacturing can provide an organisation is being recognised, introducing technology alone isn’t enough. Gartner emphasises the importance of evolving factory workers alongside the technology, ensuring that they are on board in order for the change to be successful.

“The most immediate action is for organisations to realize that this is more than digitisation. It requires synchronising activities for capability building, capability enablement and empowering people. Taking a ‘how to improve a day in the life’ approach will increase engagement, continuous learning and ultimately foster a pull-based approach that will attract tenured workers. They are the best points of contact to identify the best starting points for automation and the required data and digital tools for better decision-making,” said Jacobson.

Long term, “it is important to establish a data-driven culture in manufacturing operations that is rooted in governance and training - without stifling employee creativity and ingenuity,” concluded Gartner.

Discover Gartner's Five Best Practices for Post COVID-19 Innovation' in manufacturing.

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