David Cameron opens new Mclaren Production Centre

Prime Minister David Cameron make a visit to Woking to open the incredibly smart looking Mclaren Production Centre.

This new building houses the production line for the new Mclaren MP4-12C sports car and future Mclaren models.

McLaren Group Chairman Ron Dennis escorted the Prime Minister around the the complex where he was introduced to the Mclaren Formula One team drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.

Mr Cameron then went on a tour of the MP4-12C production line  where he spoke to staff about the impressive new facility and their highly engineered automotive product.

We have visited several main stream and specialist automotive production lines and, as yet, we have yet to see one as tidy, well organised, almost minimalistic as the McLaren set-up.


Ron Dennis outlined McLaren’s ambitions for 2012 and beyond during the Prime Minister’s visit.

“Just like our racing cars, the McLaren Group never stands still – and you may like some of the pioneering new directions we’re taking.”

“McLaren is more than just a builder of beautiful and successful Formula 1 cars: we’re a relentlessly competitive entity, bred on high-performance and determined to bring to market ground-breaking products and solutions that are set apart by their top quality and dependence on totally unique and highly innovative steps in performance.”

“To take just one example, we’re poised on the verge of a hugely exciting automotive programme with our high-performance sports car, MP4-12C.”

“And today’s visit to McLaren by Prime Minister the Rt Hon David Cameron MP is a statement of intent: that we’re committed to building a homegrown sports car manufacturer to take on the likes of Europe’s and North America’s giants.”

Through everything that McLaren does they are absolutely dedicated to fostering the rebirth of one of Great Britain’s industrial cornerstones: beautiful and meticulously crafted high-tech industrial design and manufacture.

Design and manufacturing has been at the backbone of British industry for more than 100 years, and are activities that McLaren not only passionately believes in, but considers it to be of primary importance to the future economic growth and recovery of the United Kingdom.

It’s a philosophy that is at the cornerstone of McLaren Group chairman Ron Dennis’s view for the future of the Group.

He said:

“Through everything we do, McLaren strives to find the solution.”

“We never stop. We exist to go faster; to be state-of-the-art; to innovate; to perform with belief, flair and passion; to be the absolute best at what we do. And everything that McLaren is has been built on the founding principles of good design and solid, seamlessly efficient engineering and manufacturing.”

“Since the dawn of the industrial revolution, great minds such as George Stephenson, James Watt, Matthew Boulton and Isambard Kingdom Brunel have brought tremendous and justified acclaim to Great Britain via their relentless innovation and restless desire to deliver societal benefit.

“But, in the UK, there has been an over-reliance in the past on the financial and service sectors. Now, industry is realising that Britain’s grand manufacturing tradition is a solid platform upon which to build – and I want the McLaren Group to play its part in the crucial recalibration of UK plc.”

“I’m delighted that the Government is embracing that initiative too: we need to encourage young people to embrace the STEM subjects, by which I mean, science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

“This should not trigger the abandonment of the arts – of which I am also a keen patron. However, I firmly believe it is the role and duty of British industry to offer STEM graduates the appropriate destination jobs – the provision of a worthwhile career path that ensures that our brightest scientists, technicians, engineers and mathematicians aren’t lured into finance or banking – simply because they feel that engineering cannot compete to offer equal satisfaction or reward.”

As Ron Dennis’s words make apparent: The Mclaren vision is clear, and the means by which they achieve it are rich and diverse. McLaren is proud to be a British industrial icon.

They have had teething problems with the earliest of cars but these have been attended to immediately, although some issues have been out of McLaren’s control. What they have achieved is a mammoth task  with the resulting sports car a very highly rated machine, in both quality and performance, by customers and the industry alike.

But there is more!

McLaren Automotive

In the past decade, McLaren Automotive has become a ground-breaking British automotive powerhouse that is successfully taking on the giants of the European, Asian and North American sports car market. McLaren Automotive intends to become renowned not only as a premium automotive brand, but also as a high-volume high-performance sports car manufacturer with the presence and range to co-exist and compete with the most established supercar brands in the world.

  • The creation of what was then the world’s fastest ever production car, the 1994 McLaren F1
  • Manufacturing and assembly-line expertise with the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
  • Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren becomes world’s highest-volume 200mph-plus high-performance sports car – 2,153 units built
  • MP4-12C – the world’s most advanced high-performance sports car – is launched in 2011
  • MP4-12C is hailed by critics as “the most complete supercar the world has ever seen” (CAR magazine) and “the most capable supercar on the planet right now” (Pistonheads)

What McLaren Automotive are doing next:

  • Officially opening the Foster + Partners-designed McLaren Production Centre
  • Rolling out 35 global dealerships between now and the end of 2012
  • Preparing our works and customer GT3 racecar operations for their first full season of competition in 2012
  • Working on the design of a range of game-changing high-performance production cars whose launch will take our annual production to 4,500 cars per year by 2014
It’s looking like a very busy and interesting future for McLaren – let’s hope we can come along for the ride!
Author: News Editor


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