Sarginsons was asked to create the part from single-piece aluminium frame – something which had never been done before and many in the industry felt was impossible. Not only that, the Coventry-based firm had just 12 weeks to deliver 250 components, commencing six weeks from receipt of the 3D CAD model. Sarginsons used the latest software and sandblasting technology, and worked with partners at Alphateq and Midland Alloy to create the sub-frame.
There were a variety of complexities to consider around the strength and safety of the component in order to meet roadworthy standards, despite it being a prototype vehicle. However, after just a few weeks of working on the project, Sarginsons delivered the ‘impossible’ and helped to ensure the prototype of the L551 21MY was ready for its launch with its single-piece aluminium sub-frame.
Kevin Brierley, Sarginsons’ technical manager, who led the programme and received the award on the night, says: “We are so pleased to pick up this award as it recognises that we are at the cutting-edge of ‘lightweighting’ technology and that we push the boundaries on behalf of clients. Although others had deemed this particular component a mission impossible, we managed to find a way to deliver what JLR wanted. It is testament to the team here and some of our supply chain partners.”
The award caps a positive period for Sarginsons, which recently announced it was investing six figures in new machinery and recruitment as it continues to expand.