Magna opened an aluminum casting facility in Telford, England, that will supply structural castings to Jaguar Land Rover. The 225,000-square-foot facility, which is expected to employ 300 people, will use Magna’s patented vacuum die-casting process. The advanced lightweight aluminum castings produced help maximize strength and stiffness and minimize weight, which improves fuel economy, safety and handling.
According to Magna, high-pressure aluminum castings can be a key factor in reducing overall vehicle weight as electrified and hybrid powertrains become more common in the automotive industry. The company now has nine manufacturing facilities with more than 2,200 employees throughout the U.K.