Components manufacturer Albion Automotive is expecting significant growth in its crankshaft operations as car makers move away from in-house production.
The firm’s Spurrier plant in Lancashire is investing in a £25m crankshaft facility. It produces shafts for Perkins (£4m investment) and Daf Trucks (£10m) but believes the passenger car sector offers big opportunities.
An £11m dedicated line producing crankshafts for the Rover KV6 2.0 and 2.5 litre engine to go into the Rover 600/800 replacement is due to come on line in December. The contract is worth £39m.