7 October 2021

  • £1.7 million-pound investment in Halewood plant, Liverpool, to manufacture press tools in-house for the first time
  • Die Manufacturing Centre will help build engineering skills across the region
  • New facility will now produce the tools required to make body panels for future Jaguar Land Rover models globally

Thursday 7 October 2021, Halewood – Jaguar Land Rover has started manufacturing its own press tools in-house for the first time following a £1.7m investment at its Halewood plant.

The company had previously outsourced the production of its press tools, so this will allow it to drive efficiency and quality, as well as give employees the opportunity to learn new skills, to build and operate these tools.

The investment involves the installation of a new Press Die Manufacturing Centre - the first of its kind in Jaguar Land Rover, with a state-of-the-art five-axis milling machine, which manufactures press tools – known as blanking dies - from raw castings. The blanking dies are the first stage in the manufacture of car body panels, during new vehicle production.


This investment has given the tooling workforce a real boost as we are doing things we didn’t think we would ever get to do at Halewood.
This is the last year of my apprenticeship so it’s brilliant to see what the future has in store for the team. It’s also exciting for the new apprentices joining the company this month. They probably never expected to be making the tools themselves.

Hannah Cocklin
Tool Room Apprentice

Progress is well under way at the new centre with the factory producing pressed parts for future Jaguar and Land Rover models, across its sites globally.

Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood facilities will also be upgraded to enable the production of fully electric vehicles, as part of its new global Reimagine strategy, as the company drives forward with the electrification of both Jaguar and Land Rover brands.

The announcement of our Reimagine strategy and now the opening of the new Die Manufacturing Centre highlights the continued investment in our factory – so there’s a bright and exciting future for Halewood and the Merseyside region.

The manufacturing of raw cast iron press tools is great news for us as we have never done this in-house before. It shows huge confidence, not just in our Halewood factory, but also in our people who will be building these tools.

For the first time, our workforce and apprentices will be trained in the new processes and skills required to build and operate dies, which means we attract and keep the best talent at Halewood.

Niall Ford
Stamping and Press Parts Group Manager

Further information

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Jessica Harman

Communications Senior Officer – Halewood Communications

Notes to Editors

About Jaguar Land Rover: Halewood Operations

Knowsley is home to Jaguar Land Rover Halewood. Jaguar Land Rover is one of the UK’s largest car manufacturers, and its Merseyside operation sits on a 300-acre site. The factory employs 3,700 people directly, supporting a further 1,000 people indirectly through its suppliers and contractors.

Jaguar Land Rover Halewood produces the award-winning Range Rover Evoque and the Land Rover Discovery Sport, which includes plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid models.

Production and the workforce at Halewood have effectively trebled since 2011, when the Range Rover Evoque was launched. More than £750m has been invested in infrastructure at Halewood in recent years, including: £250m for its Range Rover Evoque, the fastest-selling Land Rover model of all time and £200m for the Discovery Sport.

During this time, Jaguar Land Rover Halewood has also gained two £60m state-of-the-art servo press lines, more than 300 new robots and over an acre of new building space, car parks and employee facilities.


About Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover is reimagining the future of modern luxury by design through its two distinct, British brands.

Our current model range embraces fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild-hybrid vehicles, as well as the latest diesel and petrol engines. Our class-leading Jaguars and Land Rovers are in demand around the world and in Fiscal 2020/21 we sold 439,588 vehicles in 127 countries. Land Rover is the global leader of luxury SUVs through its three families of Range Rover, Discovery and Defender. Jaguar is the first ever brand to offer a premium all-electric performance SUV, the Jaguar I-PACE.

At heart we are a British company, with two major design and engineering sites, three vehicle manufacturing facilities, an Engine Manufacturing Centre and a Battery Assembly Centre in the UK. We also have vehicle plants in China, Brazil, India, Austria and Slovakia. Three of our seven technology hubs are in the UK – Manchester, Warwick (NAIC) and London – with additional sites in Shannon, Ireland, Portland, USA, Budapest, Hungary and Shanghai, China.

Central to our Reimagine strategy is the electrification of both the Land Rover and Jaguar brands with two clear, distinct personalities. All Jaguar and Land Rover nameplates will be available in pure electric form by the end of the decade. This marks the start of the company’s journey to become a net zero carbon business across its supply chain, products and operations by 2039.

As a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Motors since 2008, Jaguar Land Rover has unrivalled access to leading global players in technology and sustainability within the wider Tata Group.

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