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McLaren opens new carbon fibre innovation factory

LONDON, November 15, 2018

McLaren Automotive yesterday (November 14) opened a new £50m ($65.11 million) carbon fibre innovation and production facility in Yorkshire, UK.

The McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) aims to be a world-leader in innovating lightweight carbon fibre and composites that will work together with future powertrain development to save weight and produce greater energy efficiencies, said a statement.

The opening ceremony was attended by HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Bahrain's Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister; and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, it said.

Prototyping has already begun on innovating McLaren’s next generation of lightweight carbon fibre tubs that are integral to the agility and performance of its sportscars and supercars, it added.

Those present to witness the occasion were invited representatives from Sheffield and Rotherham Councils, senior local stakeholders and the 50 employees already employed at the MCTC.

Chief executive Mike Flewitt invited the Royal guests to jointly unveil a carbon fibre plaque at the ceremony held at the new McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) in the Sheffield region.

First announced in February 2017, construction commenced just five months later and following six months of fit-out, the MCTC is now the company’s first purpose-built facility outside of the current McLaren campus in Surrey.

Mike Flewitt, chief executive officer, McLaren Automotive, said: “It was an honour for myself and all of the 2,300 people at McLaren Automotive to host The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa to officially open the MCTC and to show them the process we are innovating for the production of carbon fibre.”

“They met some of the extraordinary, creative and passionate people we already have working here who are making that ambition a reality,” he said.

“It is an important milestone for us as a ground-breaking, innovative car company and allows us to tap into the great energy, vitality and skills this part of the world has to offer. What goes on here at the MCTC will be vital for our ability to make good on our intention to continue to develop and unveil cars that are lightest in class; it is my belief that Britain –through facilities like this - can become a world leader in lightweight materials technology that will help create more efficient future vehicles,” he added.

“We are proud to be bringing new jobs to the Sheffield region which has a long association with advanced materials; first with steel and now a future to look forward to with carbon fibre innovation and production for our company,” Flewitt concluded. – TradeArabia News Service

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