Thursday 14th March saw Ryobi host our second visit from 2nd year engineering students from University of Ulster. We had a group of 18 and following their safety induction and appropriately equipped with their personal protective equipment they had a tour of the factory. The response was very positive and the students took a keen interest in what they had observed during the tour. Ryobi has had a longstanding relationship with the local universities and colleges, and we offer excellent development opportunities for student placements and for graduate engineers.
Ryobi Aluminium Casting (UK) Ltd., is pleased to announce a further £7m investment to their plant in Carrickfergus. The investment will facilitate an increase in capacity for the manufacture of precision aluminium die cast transmission components for one of their main customers VW / Audi / Skoda group.
The new equipment includes 2 off Buhler 900t High Pressure Dies Casting Machines and a Striko Westofen Melting Furnace.
Managing Director, David Watson said, “This is a major vote of confidence in the skill and dedication of the local workforce and will secure jobs well into the future”.
Since the recession in 2008, Ryobi have invested £45m in capital equipment to update its product portfolio for the European automotive industry.
Our main focus is on the more technically demanding high-value products where we can sell more value add.
This has been made possible by working closely with local Universities and Regional Technical Colleges to supply and train the best engineers and technicians to meet this challenge.
Employment in the plant has grown from 200 to over 500 people in high-value jobs in this time frame in areas across the plant.
Ryobi Aluminium Castings (UK) Ltd install new 2500t High Pressure Die Casting Machine at Carrickfergus facility
Ryobi Aluminium Castings (UK) Ltd are delighted to see the arrival of the latest state of the art 2500t High Pressure Die Casting Machine from Buhler in Switzerland.
This is part of the investment purchased to enable the manufacture of precision components for the new Jaguar Landrover six cylinder engine which is being assembled in Wolverhampton, England.
Mr Jeremy Mitchell (Buhler UK Sales Manager) said “I am delighted to be working in partnership with Ryobi in this new technology as they are now one of the largest & technically advanced High Pressure Die Caster in the UK”
Production on this machine will commence first quarter of 2019.