Milton Keynes-based Prodrive Composites (www.prodrive.com
) says it is enabling Overfinch, a company that customises Land Rovers and Range Rovers, to significantly increase production capacity at its Leeds facility by supplying consistent high-quality carbon-fibre components.
Prodrive is fully integrated into Overfinch’s supply chain, providing finished ready-to-fit components, and it has worked with Overfinch to design the new conversion packages for the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models.
Using ‘state of the art’ scanning techniques, accurate dimensions of the vehicles were used to produce CAD models of the conversion packages.
Once the design was finalised, Prodrive prepared the tooling and produced prototype parts to ensure that the fitment and aesthetics were as expected.
Kevin Sloane, Overfinch (www.overfinch.com
) chairman, said: “Prodrive’s expertise in composite manufacture was critical to optimising the design, ensuring that high-quality A-surface components could be produced consistently.
Our partnership with Prodrive has enabled us to significantly increase production and move into new markets.
"The company collaborates with us on design work, product revisions and production. It can deliver fixed volumes each week to match our build order, and it provides components that are significantly easier to install than those we were using in the past.”
Richard Gregory, Prodrive’s quality and engineering director, said: “Often companies like Overfinch request composite parts from suppliers, only to receive pieces that require modification and adjustment to make them fit.
"We can design and deliver components that fit straight on; we can also deliver the parts as and when they need them.”