McLaren officially opened carbon fiber plant in SheffieldNovember 20, 2018
Instead of purchasing components from third-party suppliers, the new McLaren Composites technology center will produce carbon fiber parts and other components for the company’s expanding line of supercars. The facility is built on the site of a former coal mile, with 7,000 square meters (75,000 square feet).
About 200 people will work at MCTC, 50 of whom were already involved before the opening. At the opening event there were very notable and respected people.
Their Royal Highnesses Prince William and Princess Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, arrived in Yorkshire for the grand opening of the factory, where they were joined by His Royal Highness Prince Salman Bin Al-Khalifa, Crown Prince of Bahrain.
Why Bahrain, you ask? Because the holding company Mumtalakat-investment fund of the Kingdom is the largest shareholder of the McLaren group, which owns 56 percent of its shares. The son of the crown prince (and the king’s grandson), Mohamed bin Isa Al Khalifa, serves as the executive chairman of the company, taking over after Ron Dennis was overthrown.
Only a few months later, in February 2017, McLaren first announced its plans to build a center for composites. Construction began five months later, and six months later the facility was open for business. He will begin to produce “test hulls” next year and will begin sending the main chassis components to the McLaren production center in Woking, where they will be assembled into road vehicles.
“It was an honor for me and just 2300 people at the Frankfurt Motor Show to host the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Bahrain, to officially open the mctc, and to show them the process we invent the production carbon fiber,” – said McLaren Automotive’s chief executive Mike Flevitt. “What happens here at MCTC will be vital to our ability to realize our intention to continue developing and present the cars that are the lightest in the class.”