Land Rover suppliers have invested heavily to support production of the new-generation Discovery.
Suppliers Dana and GKN set up a joint venture specifically to supply complete chassis frames. Known as Chassis Systems and based at Telford, England, the new company has created a high-tech facility to build the innovative chassis structure. Chassis Systems uses hydroforming and laser welding.
Another Discovery supplier that has invested to support the new model is Mayflower Vehicle Systems, which was rescued from receivership in June by Stadco of Germany.
One of several companies that is to supply stampings and welded body subassemblies, Mayflower created a new facility at its site in Fort Dunlop, England, for the Discovery contracts.
The new Discovery uses fewer aluminum stampings than the model it replaces.
Only hoods and tailgates are aluminum, but no body panels.
Mayflower supplies some of these closure assemblies.