Innovation

Innovation

As the UK’s leading aluminium die casting specialist, it is our responsibility to innovate through research and development. Continued innovation ensures our customers, our industry and the environment all benefit from the latest developments in die casting.

At JVM Castings we feel it is important to lead this innovation through internal and external collaborative research projects. Partnering with our contractors, suppliers and leading UK universities allows the full manufacturing supply chain to benefit. Our current and past projects include:

  • Research into the use of A20X®, a new Aluminium Alloy developed by Aeromet, within high pressure diecasting (Partners include JVM, Jaguar Land Rover, Aeromet International, LSM Aluminium and Birmingham University)
  • Improving the supply chain through recycling aluminium into structural casting alloys (Partners include Brunel University)
  • Improving the mechanical properties of LM24, by melt conditioning (Partner Brunel University)
  • Improving defect prediction through the correlation of simulated versus actual defects (partner Birmingham University)
  • Supporting the development of a new primary alloy for structural components (Partner Warwick and Brunel Universities)
  • Utilising recycled material in the manufacture of primary material (internal project)

Each of these projects are aimed at exploring materials and methods that will help create lighter weight, stronger, more cost effective products with a reduced carbon footprint.

 

Case Study

Jaguar Land Rover challenged our designers to create a single casting to replace a complex assembly of 2 castings, pressings, extrusions, self-pierce rivets and fixings.

Our team were able to meet the challenge and a single casting was designed through multiple Magmasoft simulations and simultaneous engineering, culminating in a casting that reduced the total assembly weight by more than 50%. This new lean design helped the F-Type achieve its low carbon footprint.

This innovative casting design led JVM Castings to win the prestigious NADCA (North American Die Casting Association) International Diecasting Award for innovation.

At JVM Castings we not only harness the skills and expertise of our own employees but actively collaborate with the UK’s leading universities and research bodies, as well as our own contractors and suppliers.

We see this collaboration as an essential element of the research and development needed by the UK manufacturing industry to ensure we develop new materials and techniques that not only enhance our die casting performance, but aid the growth of our sector.

Our current research projects include:

Research into the use of A20X®, a new Aluminium Alloy developed by Aeromet, within high pressure die casting (Partners include JVM, Jaguar Land Rover, Aeromet International, LSM Aluminium and Birmingham University)
Together with our partners, in conjunction with the TSB, we are researching a potential casting methodology to allow A20X® to be used in high pressure diecast products. As the strongest commercially available cast aluminium alloy, the benefits in reduced weight and cost will help to ensure our manufacturing sector remains competitive in a global market.

Improving the supply chain through recycling aluminium into structural casting alloys (Partners include Jaguar Land Rover, Brunel University, Innoval Technology Ltd and Norton Aluminium Ltd)
This project explores the potential of creating an alloy from pure recycled content that will reduce waste, cost of production and the carbon footprint of manufacturers. These structural aluminium alloy die castings are an essential part of Low Carbon Vehicles ensuring this research aids the wider UK environment and economy as well as the manufacturing sector.

For more information on our research projects, or to partner with us on a future project, please email sales@jvmcastings.com or call 01905750000.

At JVM Castings we understand that our team are the most important part of our operation. We employ over 400 staff at our Worcester manufacturing plant. Providing continual training and development is key to both their success – and ours.

Our A3 Management System enables staff at all levels within the business to develop and increase their career opportunities within the company. This continued professional development ensures all our staff not only follow best practice but increase their skill set, helping to increase value throughout all our systems and processes.

We encourage all our staff to take part in the development of JVM Castings, and in return we nurture the wide range of talent across our sites by offering apprentice, graduate and leadership training, both internally and externally.

Investing for the future is a responsibility we all need to share within the UK manufacturing industry, and that’s why we have recently expanded our apprenticeship scheme.

This scheme aims to attract more design and engineering students into our industry, helping to ensure manufacturing stays within the UK and provide long-term employment opportunities as well as aiding economic growth.

Visit our News page for the latest information on our people including our apprentice, graduate and leadership schemes. For more information on our employment opportunities, please contact us on 01905750000 or email sales@jvmcastings.com.

All our processes are underpinned by our bespoke 360 degree manufacturing approach. This approach is tailored to your specific needs and has innovation and continuity at its core.