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JVM Castings win the International Die Casting Award for our innovative Jaguar F Type component

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.