JRM, a company founded in 2007 and famed for its international success on the racetrack, has received funding from South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) to extend and remodel one of its existing sites in Daventry.
Staff have already started to migrate into the new centre, a DMG Mori 3D printer (a first in the UK) has recently been installed and building work is set to begin on what will become the UK’s Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Low-carbon Automotive Technologies.
JRM Managing Director, Jason King, said:
"Our new Centre of Excellence will make us a market leader. We will become a company able not just to design and manufacture products but also test and approve them in our Quality Control department. This means we will bring together under one roof all our capabilities as an advanced engineering company and at the same time bring in new ones – for industries locally and oversees. Historically we have worked in the automotive sector with the likes of Jaguar, Subaru and Nissan. Moving forward though we see no reason we can’t also break into the aerospace and medical sectors."
It is a grant of more than £1.6million from SEMLEP’s Local Growth Fund that has enabled the company, which was previously spread across three sites – one in Bicester and two in Daventry – to consolidate and create one state-of-the-art centre in the town’s Rutherford Way.
Hilary Chipping, Chief Executive, SEMLEP, said:
"This new Centre of Excellence will reinforce our reputation in the South East Midlands for innovative technical testing and automotive expertise. Our area’s strengths in this will become increasingly important as we work to enhance efficiencies in both speeding up adoption of new technologies and contributing towards achieving a net zero-carbon economy. We are delighted work has already started and confident this will be a centre that will not just benefit Daventry and Northamptonshire but also the UK as a whole. "
JRM’s new Centre of Excellence will include:
A 3D printer, which has already been installed. This is currently the only one in the country and can swap quickly between several different materials, including titanium, aluminium, and steel. The printer will create low volume, high complexity items, such as a prototype for a Formula 1 car or an item for a classic car that cannot be bought elsewhere in the world.
A High Frequency Driver in The Loop (HFDITL) rig, which will be in place by April next year. This is being built to Formula 1 standards, enabling manufacturers to investigate, and engineer new vehicle concepts and systems, as well as allow drivers to hone their racing skills in the e-world.
The Chassis Rig, for testing and developing full vehicle kinematic and compliance behaviour. The aim is to bring the first rig model to market in 2021. It will initially be available as a JRM test facility resource and later will be made available for other companies to purchase. These rigs will bring a high level of precision and accuracy, whilst being quiet, cost competitive and eliminating the need for environmentally unfriendly power sources such as hydraulics, which is currently favoured by traditional rigs.
JRM will also continue to work on their new ‘Celebration Car’ at the Centre of Excellence, taking the Nissan GTR GT3 but completely re-engineering it to produce a short run and making it road legal.
"We will launch as a low volume vehicle manufacturer for the first time. We want to show that we are not just a race team, but that we are an expert all round engineering company."
The Centre of Excellence will also include additional commercial incubation space for small and large businesses and the centre will be fitted with solar panels to provide at least 75% of the energy needs for the site.
Elliot Dason-Barber, Technical Director of JRM, added:
"We have developed a sustainability plan which lays out our desire to become carbon neutral by the year 2025 and this year we will publish our decarbonisation strategy."
JRM’s new premises will include electrical charging points, a 350kW solar farm and will retain the flexible hours that have become a new norm during COVID-19, to reduce petrol consumption.
More about JRM:
JRM was founded in 2007 and has operated at the cutting-edge of motorsport, recording success-after-success at international level in rallying, racing and other forms of automotive competition. Underlining its achievements, JRM Racing won the FIA GT1 Drivers’ World Championship title in 2011, when it beat some of the best sports car teams and manufacturers in the world.
In 2012, JRM competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship as one of the leading privateer teams, finishing third overall. The experience gained by competing at top-level has enabled JRM to develop relationships with manufacturers and suppliers. It is therefore in an excellent position to undertake major projects, such as the development, construction, and sales of the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East.
Having ISO9001 accreditation, rigorous quality-control facilities, high-end DMG machinery and advanced software, alongside a talented and ambitious team, has won JRM regular contracts and Tier 1 status with luxury manufacturers such as Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin and Arctic Trucks as well as with performance specialists Subaru and Nissan Nismo.
Notes to editors:
SEMLEP is a public-private partnership set up in 2011 to drive economic growth across the South East Midlands. Steered by a business-led Board, we work to build a stronger economy by tackling barriers to sustainable growth and supporting job creation for the future prosperity of communities across the South East Midlands. We bring together the private sector, education providers and the public sector to steer investment and deliver projects to grow businesses, grow people and grow places. SEMLEP is responsible for Local Growth Fund and other public monies to support growth projects. We support a portfolio of 35 Local Growth Fund projects, investing £265m, into projects that unlock growth potential of the area by increasing jobs, learner numbers, employment floorspace or homes.
About the Local Growth Fund:
Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone. That is why by 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund, allowing the LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders.
Some additional key facts:
• There are 38 LEPs covering the whole of England
• The government has awarded £9.1bn in three rounds of Growth Deals to local areas to drive economic growth.
• LEPs are investing in a wider range of projects including transport, skills, business support, broadband, innovation, and flood defences.