29 Jan J H Lavender celebrates 100 years of trading with prestigious JLRQ award



On the 14th of December 2017, the West Midlands based casting company were presented with this prestigious award by key members of the JLR Supplier Technical Assistance team at its base in West Bromwich. The JLR STA team led by senior Manager Bob Jay congratulated J H Lavenders employees on this wonderful achievement.

The JLRQ award recognizes J H Lavenders commitment to delivering outstanding performance in respect of quality, cost and on time delivery performance to Jaguar Land Rover. JHL are justifiably proud to join a very select few UK companies who currently hold this award. The presentation was made to JHL Managing Director Ian Timings & Technical Operations Manager Mark Lewis. Both Bob Jay and Ian Timings addressed the JHL workforce stressing the vital input of every employee within the Lavender team in achieving this level of excellence with Ian stating….

“Such awards cannot be attained without the dedication of the whole team. 2017 was a key year for the development of the Company and marks real progress in us working towards our long-term goals and aspirations. It signified a milestone for us in a number of ways and we feel this accolade further cements our position as a key supplier to the UK automotive industry. The achievement of JLRQ is fantastic news for the Company and justified recognition for the consistent and excellent work ethic of our employees. The strength and depth of skills of the team have been key to us achieving this award and I would like to thank every employee for their efforts in the journey to this point. The fact that we have received this award in our Centenary year makes it all the more special.”

J H Lavender secured its first JLR business in 2010 with production volumes commencing in 2011. The journey towards JLRQ has gathered momentum ever since resulting in them becoming the only privately owned manufacturer of aluminum gravity and pressure die castings in the UK to hold this award today. JHL supply a combination of both machined and assembled products to numerous JLR plants both in the UK and overseas for many different vehicles.

Further underpinning the company’s progress has been the achievement of additional quality accreditations to support a wide range of customer requirements. The achievement of recent IATF16949/2016 and ISO9001 upgrades further supports the businesses development strategy to widen their customer base and secure new contracts with both existing and prospective new customers alike.  Add to this a £6 million investment in plant & equipment since 2012 and there is every reason to be positive about the future of the company. MD Ian Timings states further…

“The company is now in a very strong position as we have a solid foundation to support our continued growth and expansion into our 101st year of manufacturing. Our first target is the completion of our new machining facility due by the end of Quarter 1 2018. This brand new bespoke facility will be dedicated to the machining and assembly of high integrity parts primarily for the automotive market. The new facility will provide additional capacity to allow us to expand our operations with both existing and new customers alike. We have everything the automotive industry needs skills, quality systems, engineering expertise, technical support and the facilities to back it all up. For us 2018 is set to be a year of exciting opportunity.”

As reported by J H Lavenders

Angela Mason
Angela Mason