A Driving Force in Castings celebrates 100 years of trading

JH Lavender & Co Ltd. (JHL) in the West Midlands have recently committed to a £2-million-pound investment programme in order drive their business operations forward into 2017 and beyond. This strategy has been adopted to ensure the Company’s future as one of the largest and most successful UK based aluminium foundries.

JHL was originally founded in 1917 by John Herbert Lavender and has the accolade of probably being the oldest privately owned aluminium foundry in the UK today.

During the early years of industrialisation, JHL was a key supplier to the Marine, Automobile and Motorcycle industries supplying great British Companies such as Ariel, AJS, BSA, Matchless, Norton, Panther, Triumph and Villiers to name but a few. JHL took great pride in delivering a first class casting service and provided many engine manufacturers with a range of reliable and durable cast components. The outstanding results achieved by the experienced JHL team of craftsmen, subsequently led to other OEM’s placing orders for their castings from the Company’s Midlands headquarters.

The vast experience gained during those early years have ensured that a solid engineering knowledge and depth of expertise is retained to this day. To meet the demands of new products, mass production and increased quality control, JHL have consistently invested in the latest technology in order to ensure the company retains its position as a leader in its field. This positive approach has kept JHL at the forefront of the UK manufacturing industry in terms of both process capability and cost competitiveness.

The recent significant investment programme is now nearing completion in 2016. Installations include new fully automated Colosio high pressure die cast machines, Mazak & Fanuc CNC machining centres and 2 new factory extensions. Our modern facilities now boast “state of the art” machines manufactured by International Brand leaders who are renowned for their superior engineering quality and reliability. The result is a truly modern site housing tool design & manufacture, pressure & gravity die casting and product finishing & machining all under one roof.

Subsequently, JHL are now able to offer buyers an extensive range of casting and finishing options when it comes to sourcing considerations. What has driven these changes and continues to do so is our consistent and relentless commitment to ongoing improvements and cost effectiveness. An appreciation of Industry wide pricing sensitivity has also become a key component in supporting our customer’s ever changing needs and assisting in our joint business growth.

To complement this investment, JHL has achieved all of the relevant quality accreditations to support its wide range of prestige customer requirements i.e. ISO 9000, ISO 14001 & ISO TS 16949:2009. The privately owned company continues to receive commendation for quality from numerous industry leaders in the Automotive, Gas, Healthcare, Medical & White Goods sectors. At the beginning of the 21st century JHL is still located at the heart of the industrial Midlands and will be successfully celebrating its Centenary in 2017. The company’s strength has always been in its attention to detail, commitment to the continuity of excellence and serving customers with a responsiveness that exceeds their expectations.

Engineering buyers are welcome to visit the JHL site to see the New Casting and CNC Machining Bays, Fully Automated Production Cells, Precision Test & Assembly area and Secure Storage.