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Students see automotive production line at MINI Plant

A group of year 12 engineering students went for a tour of the MINI Plant Oxford in Cowley last week to support their studies.

During its 60 years of production, the Mini has gone from strength to strength and is an icon of British automotive achievement. The original design boasted exhilarating and affordable performance alongside a meagre 37 horsepower engine. In comparison, today’s top of the range model offers just over 300hp! Students also got a glimpse of the latest all electric variant, on sale from February 2020.

Martin Thomas, engineering teacher at UTC Reading, said: “We were overwhelmed by vast welding robots, which effortlessly and repeatedly constructed the bodywork from a seamless supply of parts brought in from the Mini Plant Swindon. Students took away awesome images of a factory that produces around 1,000 cars a day and ships parts out all over the world via its own rail network.”

We would like to thank MINI Plant Oxford for allowing our students to see an automated factory in action and everyone who made the visit possible. The day was an essential part of the design and manufacturing unit that forms a major part of the course and gave insight into the reality of the high volume, world class production that still occurs in the UK.

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