Our History

1929: Joseph Vernon Murcott starts up in business and creates the JVM logo

1930s: JVM Builds Aeroplane called the “Flying Flea”!

1940s: JVM opens its second factory in Aston, Birmingham

1950s: His 3 sons join the business, which is renamed J.V.Murcott & Sons Ltd

1959: JVM buys the largest die casting machine in Europe.

JVM buys the largest die casting machine in Europe

Joseph Vernon Murcott standing by the plane he built in Gravelly Hill, Erdington before its inaugural flight in 1931.

He designed and built the plane himself.

He took off and landed the plane safely, and returned home jubilant.

His wife, Ida May Murcott, however did not share his excitement, and informed him that if he ever flew the plane again she would leave him!

Not daring to risk the wrath of his wife, Joseph duly dismantled the plane.

Today the only thing remaining of the Flying Flee is the propeller which is on display in our offices.

1960’s: JVM opens its Tamworth factory

1980’s: The third generation of Murcott’s join the business

1991: JVM wins National Training Award for developing a National Qualification for die casting

2001: JVM wins Global Die casting Competition

2003: JVM help the England Team to win the Rugby World Cup.

2006: JVM takes control of Metal Castings Limited based in Worcester

2007: JVM Castings (Tamworth) Limited awarded Ford Q1.

2008: Installation of 1 x 700 tonne machine

JVM Castings (Tamworth) Limited awarded Ford Q1

2010: First Industrial trials of Brunel melt conditioning unit

2011: Installation of 4 new die casting machines 2 x 1500, 1 x 800, 1 x 400 tonne

2012: Purchase of 20 CNC machines

2012: The first of the 4th generation of Murcott’s join the business

2013: JVM are ranked 106 in The Sunday Times 2013 International Track 200

2013: We win the International Die Casting Award for our innovative Jaguar F Type component

2014:Extension of our external research projects to work with Brunel University and the University of Birmingham

2014: Celebration of our 50th anniversary of our association with Jaguar LandRover

JVM Castings ranked 106 in The Sunday Times 2013 International Track 200

The International Track 200 identifies Britain’s top 200 mid-market private companies with the fastest-growing international sales.

For the second time in our 84 year history we have been commended in theInternational Die Casting Awards, sponsored by the North American Die Casters Association (NADCA).

We were awarded in the Structural Aluminium Casting for our pioneering B Pillar casting. The B Pillar is a heat treated body chassis part manufactured in an aluminium alloy, which gives the casting greater ductility and mechanical properties than conventional high pressure aluminium alloys.

We have been making parts for Jaguar Landrover for over 50 years, and initially began producing B Pillar structural aluminium die cast body parts for Jaguar’s popular XK model using a combination of B Post and Swan Neck Castings – a design which became the template used by other OEM’s in their own designs.

Wayne Murcott, Joint Managing Director at JVM, said: “When Jaguar announced plans to build their F Type model in 2010, our design team were tasked with re-designing the B Pillar structure as one single casting that would be both mass efficient and avoid the need for sub-assembly.

“The challenge facing our designers was to create a feed and runner system that would successfully make two different castings at the same time. The team spent many hours running, reviewing and enhancing design simulations using Magmasoft computers, and our finalized design reduced the total assembly weight by more than 50 per cent.

“This new lean design meant the F Type reduced its carbon footprint, as well as eliminating the cost and weight of seven steel pressings, as well as the cost of assembly. Rather than two dies and seven stamping tools, our new B Pillar only requires one die set.

“As the largest aluminium pressure die-casting company in the UK, we’re constantly looking for ways to innovate in engineering and improve our products to ensure our market remains competitive, so it means a great deal to be recognised by NADCA, the international voice of the die casting industry.”

The North American Die Casting Association represents the voice of the die casting industry, in an annual market worth more than $15 billion. NADCA is committed to promoting industry awareness and growth in the global market for die castings, and the association is comprised of members located throughout the world.

We have joined forces with the University of Birmingham and Brunel University to collaborate on four research projects which could see major changes in the way castings are manufactured.

JVM are currently working on four separate projects which explore the materials and methods that will help to create lighter weight, stronger, more cost effective products with a reduced carbon footprint, enabling the Midlands to manufacture products that would normally have to be sourced from Europe.

These projects bridge the gap between academia and real world commercialisation and include working with a number of local industrial partners including Jaguar Land Rover and JBMI.

Simon Ruffle, Group Design Director at JVM Castings, said: “Constant research is the only way to make sure new developments take place in our industry, and by collaborating with local universities we are able to share great ideas and trial our products in cutting-edge facilities”.

Our main project at present, in conjunction with TSB, involves research into A20X®, a new material developed by JVM, Jaguar Land Rover, Aeromet International, LSM Aluminium and Birmingham University.

Simon explained: “A20X® is the strongest commercially available cast aluminium alloy. Its advantages include offering reduced weight and cost over current manufacturing alternatives in both the aerospace and automotive industries.”

Another TSB collaboration, which is being researched by Brunel University, JVM Castings and a number of other local firms, is exploring the potential of creating an alloy from recycled content.

The successful completion of this research would enable JVM to use a greater per cent recycled content in their castings whilst reducing the reliance on primary grade Aluminium. This would significantly reduce not only the cost of production, but also the carbon footprint.

As one of their longest-serving suppliers, we are proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our association with Jaguar Land Rover.

To mark the occasion, we have commissioned a unique golden memento featuring the iconic leaping Jaguar and presented it to Purchasing Director, Ian Harnett, at Jaguar Land Rover’s Whitley headquarters.

Ian Harnett commented: “Jaguar Land Rover has seen its business grow significantly in recent years and it is great to see our suppliers growing to support us, particularly one which has had such a long association with our great British motoring brands.”

Tamworth-based aluminium pressure diecasting specialists JVM Castings first supplied the pulley castings for the Rover P4 in 1963; today the firm supply diecastings for the complete range of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.

Wayne Murcott, Joint Managing Director at JVM, said: “Our long association with Jaguar Land Rover has enabled JVM to grow from a business employing 20 people in 1963 to one that employs more than 450 today.

“We have progressed from making a simple pulley casting in 1963, to manufacturing complex structural parts such as the F Type B Pillar which won the International Diecasting Award in 2013”.
The B pillar was designed in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover and has helped to reduce the Jaguar F-Type’s cost of assembly and carbon footprint (manufacturing footprint or vehicle footprint), and manufacture a casting that gives greater ductility and mechanical properties than conventional high pressure aluminium alloys.

Wayne added: “We are continually evolving our processes and methods. Innovation is a key factor in remaining competitive in the Automotive market, and we are working with Jaguar Land Rover and universities, which include Birmingham and Brunel, to research new materials which will dramatically reduce costs for automotive and aerospace companies and enable them to bring manufacturing back to the UK from overseas.”