LUXURY car makers Bentley are cutting vehicle weights and greenhouse gas emissions thanks to the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.
A high pressure press is being installed next to Factory 2050 for use by AMRC Composite Centre staff.
Clara Frias, who is leading the project, said: “This will be a unique facility that will improve our capabilities and also benefit the UK.”
The AMRC is working with several other organisations on a Government-backed project to achieve weight loss of 20 per cent in some vehicle parts.
The press will be a world first in terms of capabilities and size — standing six metres high and seven metres wide — allowing it to make several components at a time.
The aim is also to find the middle ground where the need for customisation meets high volume production.
As well as Bentley, the project involves the AMRC working with Sigmatex, Expert Tooling & Automation, Granta Design, Cranfield University and Group Rhodes.