NAA Event Review: ‘Pull up to the Bumper’ – Plastic Omnium Automotive, 5 December 2017, Warrington
NAA members enjoyed a presentation and site tour of Plastic Omnium’s facility in Warrington, which produces items such as bumpers, tailgates and spoilers for Jaguar Land Rover vehicles…
Operations Director Martyn Cray delivered the presentation to NAA members. Martyn explained how he had recently taken up his role at the new factory. The facility primarily supplies parts to Jaguar Land Rover at Halewood, for the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport models. However the site is also currently supplying components for Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar, Land Rover Discovery and Jaguar F-PACE models. Martyn explained how one of the larger projects at the factory was manufacturing parts for the new Range Rover Evoque, due in 2018.
Plastic Omnium plants are located next to vehicle manufacturing facilities globally, including in China, India and Slovakia. The company produces 27 million bumpers per year, and one in every seven cars produced worldwide features Plastic Omnium parts. Plastic Omnium has 24,000 employers.
Martyn led NAA members on a factory tour, explaining how various initiatives are constantly being carried out to achieve improved efficiency.
NAA events also offer members the opportunity to deliver short presentations about their business. Frans Pienaar explained how RS Clare was founded in Liverpool in 1748, with the main business activity being the distilling of turpentine. Today RS Clare specialises in niche lubrication applications in vehicles. Neil Greenhalgh also provided an overview of Macpac, an independent thermoforming packaging company, serving many sectors including automotive.