The announcement was made by Phillip Spencer, Voith Industrial Services’ sales and business development director, on the opening day of Automechanika Birmingham 2016 at the NEC.
The plant in Torrington Avenue has been developed to meet the growing demand from premium and luxury car brands, such as Jaguar Land Rover, as well as from other automotive manufacturers such as Vauxhall.
The new facility will replace the existing factory only a few hundred yards away, where wheel and tyre assembly has been carried out for more than 30 years.
Phillip Spencer said: “Our new plant covering 150,000 sq ft is over 50% bigger, and the investment in a new assembly line with the latest automated technology means that we can complete a wheel and tyre assembly in only 12 seconds, compared to 20 seconds on the old line.
“The new line can handle up to 1000 different derivatives of wheels and tyres; it can produce almost a million assemblies per year on a two-shift basis with the ability to complete 1.5m with three shifts.”
Work on the new facility, which will employ more than 80 people, started in May last year and the installation of the new 90-metre long assembly line, which has 16 work stations, began in January this year.
Transfer of the line from the existing facility on Torrington Avenue will begin in July and when combined, the two lines will have the capacity to produce around 2.5 million assemblies per year based on three shifts.
Assembly of wheels and tyres for Jaguar Land Rover has started and will gradually increase over the next few weeks.
Last year Warwick-based Voith Industrial Services won the top quality award from Jaguar Land Rover for its wheel and tyre operation.
Phillip said: “The increasing demand for our expertise in wheel and tyre assembly is just one area of our business that has made us a leading supplier of a wide range of outsourced and technical services to the UK automotive and transport industries.”