Cosworth, the world-renowned performance engineering and manufacturing group, has confirmed that its flagship Advanced Manufacturing Centre (AMC) is on target for completion in January 2015.
The building’s structure is complete and work is now underway to fit out the inside of the facility that will start fulfilling contracts with three global automotive vehicle manufacturers early next year. These partnerships will provide Cosworth with a projected order book of some £75M.
The new state-of-the-art 38,000-square-foot facility, which is being developed with support from local and national government, will house an advanced flexible manufacturing system capable of producing complex machined components for high-performance limited production road vehicles.
Located in the Waterside Enterprise Zone in Northampton adjacent to Cosworth’s existing St James Mill Road site, the new facility will create around 70 new jobs and apprenticeships.
The leading edge informatics and simulation systems that will play key roles in the AMC are being developed within Cosworth’s Centre of Excellence for Niche Volume Manufacturing, which is supported by a grant from the UK Government’s Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI). In partnership with Cranfield University and Flexeye Ltd, the Centre will help OEMs bring new technologies and innovations to market by enabling the cost-effective manufacture of advanced components through the use of Flexible Manufacturing Systems.
Hal Reisiger, Chief Executive, Cosworth Group Holdings:
“Cosworth is uniquely positioned to provide complete powertrain consultancy, component manufacture and engine assembly services for vehicle makers seeking to create high performance vehicles.
Our Advanced Manufacturing Centre is a striking example of the strategic focus and investment that is developing our business with global automotive OEMs. The new facility will enable us to begin work on new contracts with three automotive manufacturers, which will generate around £75M of business for Cosworth.
We have restructured Cosworth’s business over the past 18 months to support delivery of a new business strategy, focusing on automotive OEMs, motorsport and the performance aftermarket. The completion of the AMC will allow Cosworth to enter an exciting new period of growth.”