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JVM Castings joins forces with local universities to develop the products of tomorrow

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.