Automotive brake and clutch systems manufacturer, AP Racing, has announced a “seven-figure” investment in a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located adjacent to its current headquarters in Coventry, UK.
The 2,700m2 facility, which is located at the Seven Stars Industrial Estate, is set to become operational from the end of July, and will incorporate leading-edge production line technology for brake callipers. AP Racing says that the facility will house some of the most sophisticated equipment of its kind anywhere in the automotive sector worldwide, and will be an exemplar facility for other global locations within the Brembo Group, of which AP Racing is a part. A multi-million pound noise, vibration & harshness (NVH) dynamometer will also be installed to create a world-class testing capability.
AP Racing intends that the expanded facility will enable it to accelerate its rate of new product development and manufacture, with numerous new brake and clutch launches planned for its key motorsport, OEM road car and performance upgrade markets throughout the rest of 2019, and beyond.
AP Racing managing director, David Hamblin, stated, “Since moving to our current facility in 1990, the company has established an enviable worldwide reputation for innovation and performance across the motorsport, road car and performance upgrade markets. Our products are used widely in Formula 1 as well as other major motorsport series across the globe, and have chalked up more than 800 race victories in Formula 1 alone, which we believe is more than any other supplier.
“Our continued success means we have simply outgrown our current space. The new facility will focus primarily on medium-volume production for niche road car applications – a rapidly growing area for AP Racing – while niche race car clutch and brake production will continue at the existing facility.”