VTL gets close to customers in global markets

Featured supplier VTL Group (stand D15) is a leading precision engineering and manufacturing company specialising in the design and manufacture of large volume high precision components and assemblies. The group supplies major OEMs and end users in the automotive, truck and industrial sectors, and employs 260 people in 5 manufacturing plants across Europe, Asia and North America. In 2008 it will open a further factory in India.

Group companies include:

VTL Automotive, a leader in supplying vehicle manual transmission components, with factories in the UK and India

TWL Engineering focused on rapid prototype development, low volumes, tooling solutions and CAD/CAM design. TWLE is active in the industrial and automotive markets.

TWL Precision has factories in UK, USA and India, and is a high volume precision machining company aimed at automotive and industrial customers.

All of these hold the key automotive industry TS16949 certification as well as ISO14001 and OHSAS 18001.
In 2007 TWL Precision established a new purpose built manufacturing plant in Charleston, South Carolina, USA to allow it to produce components close to key automotive customers. By being located in Charleston, within the NAFTA zone, close to key end users in the automotive industry, it was able to ensures that it could react quickly to their needs. Another consideration was a strong local workforce. TWL Precision worked with Trident Technology College to develop training modules to enable it to select the best candidates.

The new Indian company, a joint venture with Uni-Deritend, India’s leading manufacturer of investment castings, will be up and running by September 2008 in a new purpose built factory in Dharwad. Uni-Vtl Precision Engineering Pvt Ltd aims to be a new force in the market, bringing together two established leaders in their field to offer total lifecycle precision engineered component solutions. Typical activities in the new factory will include forging, milling, turning, grinding and assembly of precision components such as transmission selector forks, synchroniser rings, and other precision turned and milled components.

Totalling 30,000 sq ft and employing 100 people, the new factory represents a US$5m investment, and will be equipped with the latest technology machine tools and test/ inspection equipment.

Subcon 2008