JAGUAR LAND ROVER SCALES UP FACE VISOR PRODUCTION FOR NHS STAFF FIGHTING CORONAVIRUS

28 April 2020

  • Jaguar Land Rover is scaling up production of NHS-approved face visors
  • New tooling, developed by WHS plastics, could produce as many as 14,000 visors each week
  • The process is being industrialised to create more visors for key workers
  • Jaguar Land Rover urges industry to print more vital equipment, with CAD design available on request below.

Jaguar Land Rover is scaling up production of its protective face visors in a continued effort to support the fight against Coronavirus. New tooling, developed by WHS Plastics, will produce a further 14,000 visors each week for key workers across the UK.


Earlier this month, the carmaker announced the manufacture of 3D-printed face visors at its Advanced Product Creation Centre in Gaydon, home to one of the most advanced 3D-printing facilities in Europe. Visors have been produced and shipped to NHS Trusts across the UK, including the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust. 


Now, using injection mould tooling supplied by WHS Plastics of Sutton Coldfield, the operation will produce in excess of 2,000 per day – with one polypropylene headband generated every 30 seconds.  


Following the success of its 3D-printing efforts, Jaguar Land Rover is also releasing its NHS-approved CAD design in the hope that businesses with Additive Manufacturing facilities will join the global call for more Personal Protection Equipment (PPE); the ready-to-print files can be downloaded here.
 

We hope that by providing the files for download, many more companies will be inspired to use their 3D-printing facilities to print vital PPE equipment for our keyworkers. Every effort, however small it may seem, is a contribution to a collective effort that will ensure our emergency services have what they need to continue their vital work.

Jaguar Land Rover Additive Manufacturing and Prototype Design Manager
Ben Wilson

Each face visor has been designed to be reusable and can be easily dismantled and cleaned before being used again, safeguarding NHS trusts against future shortages. 

Each and every day, our NHS heroes are risking their lives to ensure that those affected by Coronavirus receive urgent medical attention. In manufacturing, we are uniquely placed to support our essential services, to help deliver critical equipment to those on the frontline here in the Midlands. It’s a small effort, but by working with Jaguar Land Rover we can help turn the tide.

Group Managing Director for WHS Plastics Ltd
Paul Nicholson

Jaguar Land Rover continues to work closely with the UK government and has offered its research and engineering expertise, as well as digital engineering and design, printing of 3D models and prototypes, machine learning, artificial intelligence and data science support.

For information on how to request Jaguar Land Rover CAD file visit: www.jaguarlandrover.com/2020/3d-printed-visors

Notes to Editors

Jaguar Land Rover’s response to Covid-19

Jaguar Land Rover engineering and community efforts globally:
•    We are also focusing our efforts supporting our local communities by providing Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles to organisations such as the British Red Cross and emergency services. To date, Jaguar and Land Rover has deployed more than 308 vehicles globally to support emergency response organisations during the coronavirus crisis. Coronavirus: Jaguar and Land Rover deploy global fleet to support emergency response partners

•    We have offered our research and engineering expertise, as well as digital engineering and design, printing of 3D models and prototypes, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and data science support 

•    We are working closely with the UK government to provide our support and expertise in these unprecedented times. We have formally registered in response to the government’s call to action for business support in combating the impact of coronavirus in the UK

•    Personal protective equipment has been donated to NHS trusts including wraparound safety glasses to hospitals across the UK to protect health professional on the frontline

•    Jaguar Land Rover supports thousands of our employees with volunteering as part of our responsible business strategy. Where possible, we are encouraging our employees to get involved with national and local community efforts to support the vulnerable and in need, including the NHS call for volunteer responders in the UK.


About Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover is the UK’s largest automotive manufacturer, built around two iconic British car brands: Land Rover, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel-drive vehicles; and Jaguar, one of the world’s premier luxury sports saloon and sports car marques.


At Jaguar Land Rover, we are driven by a desire to deliver class-leading vehicles, which will provide experiences our customers will love, for life. Our products are in demand around the globe. In 2019 Jaguar Land Rover sold 557,706 vehicles in 127 countries.


We support around 260,000 people through our retailer network, suppliers and local businesses. At heart we are a British company, with two major design and engineering sites, three vehicle manufacturing facilities, an Engine Manufacturing Centre and soon to be opened Battery Assembly Centre. We also have vehicle plants in China, Brazil, India, Austria and Slovakia. We have seven technology hubs. In the UK these are based in Manchester, Warwick (NAIC) and London. Globally these are located in Shannon, Ireland, Portland, USA, Budapest, Hungary and Changshu, China.


We have a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles as well as continuing to offer the latest diesel and petrol engines. All new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicle models offer the option of electrification, giving our customers even more choice.