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Celebrating 100 years of trading with continued investment and a prestigious award

A UK foundry is celebrating one hundred years in business by winning an award that recognises commitment to delivering outstanding performance in respect of quality, cost and on time delivery performance to Jaguar Land Rover. This is the latest in a long line of achievements for J H Lavenders (JHL) which also includes a £6 million investment in plant and equipment since 2012, including the forthcoming grand opening of a new machine shop facility towards the end of Quarter one in 2018.

The JLRQ Award was presented by the JLR supplier technical assistance team, led by senior manager Bob Jay to the West Bromwich-based foundry – one of only a select few UK companies to receive the accolade – in December. The presentation was made to JHL managing director Ian Timings and technical operations manager Mark Lewis who both addressed the JHL workforce stressing the vital input of every employee within the Lavender team in achieving this level of excellence. “Such awards cannot be attained without the dedication of the whole team,” said Timings. “2017 was a key year for the development of the company and marks real progress in us working towards our long-term goals and aspirations. It signified a milestone for us in a number of ways and we feel this accolade further cements our position as a key supplier to the UK automotive industry. The achievement of JLRQ is fantastic news for the company and justified recognition for the consistent and excellent work ethic of our employees. The strength and depth of skills of the team have been key to us achieving this award and I would like to thank every employee for their efforts in the journey to this point. The fact that we have received this award in our Centenary year makes it all the more special.”

J H Lavender secured its first JLR business in 2010 with production volumes commencing in 2011. The journey towards JLRQ has gathered momentum ever since resulting in them becoming the only privately-owned manufacturer of aluminium gravity and pressure diecastings in the UK to hold this award today. JHL supplies a combination of both machined and assembled products to numerous JLR plants both in the UK and overseas for many different vehicles.

Further underpinning the company’s progress has been the achievement of additional quality accreditations to support a wide range of customer requirements. The achievement of recent IATF16949/2016 and ISO9001 upgrades further supports the business development strategy to widen the customer base and secure new contracts with both existing and prospective new customers alike.

The £600,000 investment in the new machine shop forms the focal point of the business investing its way forwards into a new century of trading. Since 2012, JH Lavender has invested over £2 million in new CNC equipment (in addition to £3 million in new die cast plant). Notably, JHL is also able to boast an incredible zero ppm which is an outstanding achievement for the commodity.  

All of this points to a successful future says Timings: “The company is now in a very strong position as we have a solid foundation to support our continued growth and expansion into our 101st year of manufacturing. Our first target is the completion of our new machining facility due by the end of Quarter 1 2018. This brand new bespoke facility will be dedicated to the machining and assembly of high integrity parts primarily for the automotive market. The new facility will provide additional capacity to allow us to expand our operations with both existing and new customers alike. We have everything the automotive industry needs – skills, quality systems, engineering expertise, technical support and the facilities to back it all up. For us 2018 is set to be a year of exciting opportunity.”

Contact: JH?Lavender & Co Ltd, Crankhall Lane, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B71 3JZ UK. Tel: +44 (0) 121 588 2273, email: web: