Manchester Metrology laser tracker is used for London Taxi Company’s new electric vehicles
A black cab manufacturer that was “on its knees” five years ago is officially opening a new £300m plant, creating more than 1,000 jobs.
The London Taxi Company’s (LTC) Ansty Park site in Coventry is the home of its new electric taxi, the TX5. It has been described as one of the great comeback stories in UK manufacturing history. Back in 2013 London Taxis International was on its knees and looking for a new owner.
Then Chinese firm Geely came to the rescue and almost immediately announced plans to build a new factory – but not only that, it revealed plans to make electric vehicles and employ more than 1,000 people.
It is the first all-new car factory in the Midlands since 2003, when Aston Martin opened its state-of-the-art plant at Gaydon in Warwickshire. That was on a much smaller scale, though.
LTC Chairman Carl-Peter Forster said the company was “extremely proud of what we have achieved.”
The company, which now employs up to 1,500 people, has invested millions in the TX5 after manufacturing the black cab in the UK for 69 years.
The first electric taxis to roll off the production line will go on sale in London in the final quarter of the year, before being sold around the world early in 2018.
Metrology specialists, Manchester Metrology Ltd. set the tooling to make the taxis with the faro laser tracker. Manchester Metrology used the faro laser tracker and faro arms to set up the welding jig positions relative to the cad model to make sure the surfaces were in the right place so the robot could weld them.
Paul Bulman, Managing Director of Manchester Metrology added “this was a really exciting project for us to be involved in. We offer a range of FARO and LIECA laser trackers, accessories and probes for hire.
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