There are 14 fully automated press lines including four steel coil blanking lines, with a total of 50 modernised individual presses. The equipment’s pressing power ranges from 400 up to 5,000 tonnes. Feel the pressure.
The type of press used depends on the size and complexity of the job. The MINI’s front and rear enclosures, for example, are pressed into shape on the longest tandem press line. This involves six different pressing stages: from a flat piece of steel sheet all the way to the fully formed, outer shell.
The MINI Clubman features larger body components such as the roof and side frame panels. These go through a four-operation transfer press with a force of 5,000 tonnes.