Voith Industrial Services, a leading service provider to the UK automotive industry, has won a major facilities management contract for Jaguar Land Rover’s new Engine Manufacturing Centre at Wolverhampton.
The contract was won in a competitive tender. The work, which will involve about 50 jobs, comprises a detailed specification for cleaning, waste, grounds maintenance, landscaping, and winter services. It also includes the maintenance of all facility equipment such as boilers, heating and ventilation systems, and water treatment, as well as the disposal of items such as metal scrap and swarf to the factory gate.
Voith Industrial Services, based in Tournament Fields, Warwick, is progressively taking over facilities management responsibilities at the new Engine Manufacturing Centre during the rest of the year as more services come on line. Full production at the plant is planned to start in January 2015.
Voith Industrial Services’ sales and business development director, Phil Spencer, said: “We are proud to be Jaguar Land Rover’s facilities management partner in this fantastic investment in their new Engine Manufacturing Centre. This new contract with Jaguar Land Rover underlines Voith’s credentials in the UK automotive sector where recent contracts have been announced at Vauxhall Motors in Luton and Peugeot Citroen Automobiles Ltd. in Coventry.”
He added that the latest contract was further evidence of Voith’s growing range of specialist technical services it can offer to the UK automotive industry. Over the years Voith had progressed from a company providing basic cleaning services to one that now provides specialist technical expertise in many areas.
“At Vauxhall for example, we started with a cleaning contract over a decade ago. Later we carried out small sub-assembly work and moved on to assembling safety critical modules including axles, struts, front corners and sub-frames,” said Phil.
“Our latest work with Vauxhall uses our specialist expertise in more advanced technical areas. We helped design and develop part of the engine assembly line for the new Vivaro van and operate it on behalf of Vauxhall.”
Voith Industrial Services is the world’s leading provider of technical cleaning services in paint shops in 80 car plants worldwide.
In the UK Voith Industrial Services employs 2,400 people – mainly at customer sites across the country. The company has an increasing sales turnover and provides services in four main areas – facility management, technical cleaning, wheel and tyre assembly, and managed processes.
In India too, the company has a sizeable presence. Voith Industrial Services India (VISI), the four-year-old Indian arm of German giant Voith’s industrial services vertical, is the preferred industrial services partner to automobile OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers in India. Being the youngest arm of the Voith Group in India, VISI focusses on three broad service lines – maintenance services (production equipment, facility services, powertrain services, paint shop services), solutions (project management, automation, energy conservation and condition based monitoring) and production support services (value added assembly, wheel and tyre, in-plant logistics and crating services).
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