Expert Group moves into new Technology Centre

Posted on 16 Feb 2019 and read 663 times
Expert Group moves into new Technology CentreThe Coventry-based Expert Group ( has unveiled its new £10 million headquarters, which has completed the rebirth of a famous industrial site.

The 75,000ft2 design and manufacturing facility in Lyons Park is set to recruit another 40 people in the next few months, to take the group’s total workforce to 180.

Its construction means that Lyons Park, which used to be Jaguar Cars’ Browns Lane plant, is now fully occupied.

Expert Tooling & Automation used to operate from five premises in Coventry and has now been able to bring them all together under one roof.

The workshop at the site includes an expanded CNC machining section and a dedicated robotic R&D area, plus manufacturing and apprentice training sections.

There are also seven conference suites, four break-out areas and a customer engineering office with audio and visual conference facilities for up to 26 engineers.

Managing director Angelo Luciano, who acquired Expert Tooling & Automation in 1998, started his career with Jaguar Cars in 1986.

He said: “When I was 22, I worked at Jaguar Cars in Castle Bromwich and often visited the Browns Lane site, so it seems fitting that Expert Tooling & Automation has become the final company to move to the site of the former factory.

“Three of our previous purpose-built units were in Banner Lane in Coventry, and we needed to expand to accommodate our increasing order book.

"We’re currently developing technologies for lightweight electric vehicles — including new joining methods for mixed materials, using vehicle body structures consisting of composites and aluminium — and we’re also involved in the design and manufacture of battery production lines.”

Mr Luciano said that establishing the new headquarters underlined the company’s position as the UK’s largest manufacturer of assembly automation and robotic systems, with a fast-growing number of clients that include Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin and Ford.

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