R and M Accreditation from Jaguar Land Rover
ARO Welding Technologies, the resistance welding technology specialist, was proud to receive 'Green' Accreditation from Jaguar Land Rover recently. This accolade clearly demonstrates ARO's commitment to the car-makers 'Reliability and Maintainability' (R&M) ethos, where every vehicle built at Jaguar Land Rover's state-of-the-art production lines in Castle Bromwich, Solihull and Halewood and the hundreds of hi-tech robots and multi-million-pound machines, operate in perfect synchronisation alongside thousands of highly skilled workers. Jaguar Land Rover also operate two plants in Slovakia and China.
Jaguar Land Rover is very demanding in terms of reliability and maintainability, and for this reason, they have implemented a comprehensive and formal system to audit suppliers.
Among the topics under review were:
- Reliability growth plans, based on tools such as FMEA’s, Lessons Learned, 8D formats, etc.
- Sub-supplier management
- Preventive maintenance plans
- Maintenance training
- Spare parts management
- Life Cycle Cost
ARO successfully demonstrated the practical evidence required which included the above criteria for both current products and products still under development. After an extensive review, Jaguar Land Rover flagged ARO with Green Accreditation.
Richard Gibson, Managing Director of ARO UK said: “We are very proud of this new accreditation which reinforces our relationship with Jaguar Land Rover; they had already awarded us “Preferred Supplier” status, and we are fully committed in developing our partnership further.
About Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover is a company that brings together two much loved, highly prestigious British car brands. The origins of Jaguar can be traced back to a company that began by making motorcycle sidecars in 1922. After Tata Motors acquired Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford in 2008, it merged the two marques into a single company and its success has flourished, with memorable vehicles and innovative technologies that add to a long-lasting legacy.
ARO is widely regarded as the world leader in resistance welding to the automotive industry. The ARO group is headquartered near Le Mans, in France with regional offices in the Americas, Europe, China and Asia. The company employs over 500 people and was founded in 1949, becoming part of the German engineering group IWKA, until acquired by Langley Holdings PLC, the engineering group (www.langleyholdings.com) owned by British industrialist, Tony Langley.