Sixth Form Engineers Tour Leading Car Factories
Earlier this month, a group of Sixth Form DT pupils travelled to the Morgan Motors, and the Land Rover manufacturing sites, where they witnessed two examples of car production.
Their first stop was to the Morgan Motors factory in Malvern, Worcestershire, where the company has been building cars by hand on this site since 1914, with very little change to their methods of manufacture. Last year, they produced just over 760 cars.
On this tour, the pupils were shown the manufacturing processes from start to finish, observing how every Morgan car is expertly hand-crafted. It was fascinating to see the traditional woodworking and metal forming processes. The pupils also visited the trip shop, where leathers are sewn for the seating/cockpit and then individually fitted to each car. It was a thoroughly insightful experience.
The next stop was up to the Land Rover plant in Solihull, Birmingham, with the size of the factory leaving everyone in awe – the group had to be ferried between manufacturing units by minibuses! The apparent difference between this plant and that of the Morgan was very clear – the former showing no signs of people expertly hammering away at sheets of aluminum or hand sewing leather seats. Instead, the pupils were shown automated guillotines and presses, highlighting the fact this is one of the most technologically advanced car manufacturing plants in the world.
As the group walked the assembly line, rows of robots moved in synchronicity, picking up parts, then riveting and or gluing them into position. What struck the pupils most was how everything was moving; a constantly evolving line of engines, body panels, dashboards, and doors. The 24-hour, seven days a week operation produces an average of 44 cars per hour.
Head of DT at King’s, Jason Grindle said: “This was an enlightening trip for all of our pupils, who were able to witness firsthand the extreme production processes of two car manufacturers in the UK. We look forward to organising more DT excursions in the future.”
Published on: Thursday, January 1, 1970