COLIN WALTON

Land Rover Monthly - - Range Rover Velar -

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.

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