Every one minute and 30 seconds a new Land Rover goes down the Solihull production lines, it is a feet of precision motoring choreography that takes your breath away.
Colin Walton, Manufacturing Manager of the Final Assembly Hall, says it is like a professional orchestra in full swing with everyone in tune.
Colin, a 23-year-long Land Rover veteran who started as a machine operator and has risen through the ranks, has a passion and pride for the brand that makes the vehicles it produces special.
Watching a Velar make its way down the 100 sub assembly stations on the production line is a feat of modern engineering.
The whole operation is co-ordinated by the automated Manufacturing Execution System, that times and controls the arrival of key components at different stages of each car’s build.
The fact that Range Rover Sport, Velar and Jaguar F-pace models flow down the same line, highlights the huge complexity and intricacy of the Solihull operation with the human workforce and an army of 600 robots working together in harmony and military precision.
It takes between nine and ten hours to produce a Velar from the moment the body arrives at Final Assembly 2 which covers 81,000 square feet, but is just a part of the 300 acre site that employs nearly 11,000 people.
An incredible 13.5 million parts are delivered each day to the Solihull factory, that’s 3.1 billion parts every year to make sure production runs smoothly and customers like Ken get their car’s on time.