McLaren ‘christens’ new carbon composites technology centre
19 January 2018
From 2019, the McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) will start producing carbon fibre tubs for McLaren Automotive.
The new centre at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham is nearing completion. After a launch at the AMRC’s Factory 2050, McLaren Automotive Chief Executive Mike Flewitt illuminated the marque’s sign and the new McLaren Senna road car performed a series of ‘doughnuts’ to leave a trail of Pirelli tyre rubber on the new floor, effectively ‘christening’ it.
The centre will be home to McLaren’s second production facility and when fully operational, around 200 people will work there. It will supply carbon fibre tubs to the McLaren Production Centre in Surrey where the company’s sports cars and supercars are hand-assembled.
Mike Flewitt, McLaren Automotive Chief Executive said: “Today is an important and exciting milestone for everyone at McLaren Automotive, as well as a personal honour, to officially turn on the McLaren sign at what will be our McLaren Composites Technology Centre when it opens later this year.
“It marks the continued development of the current 2,100 strong company, and will bring new jobs to the Sheffield region which has a proud association with advanced materials; first with steel and now a future to look forward to with carbon fibre innovation and production for McLaren.”