September 12, 2008

Investment Will Pay Off

THE North East Ford dealer JenningsFord has invested tens of thousands of pounds to further improve technology at its four accident repair centres.

As part of JenningsFord's on-going investment programme, the bodyshop departments at Gateshead, South Shields, Middlesbrough and Stockton have recently installed a number of Mig Brazing machines.

The machines have been introduced in order to comply with ever- changing manufacturer materials, high-strength and Boron steels, which are used in today's modern car design.

The Boron steel, which has a high carbon content, is extremely hard and is used in passenger compartments and around the passenger 'safety cell' as well as in structural areas offering high crash strength resistance.

Boron and high-strength steels (HSS) are now commonplace in modern car manufacturing.

They can often be found in the 'B' posts, sills and chassis areas, rear cross members and as roll-over bars.

In addition to the Mig Brazing machines being installed across the group, new Inverter Spot Welder machines have also been bought in order to weld today's steels effecti ve ly.

The Inverter Spot Welder machines have the facility to record and store data from every weld produced, as well as store vehicle data for each job task - making all welds traceable.

Nicky Dalkin, operations director for the Jennings Motor Group, said: "The recent investment in the new advanced technology machinery across our four accident repair centres further demonstrates our dedication and continuous commitment to quality workmanship and customer care."

Last year, the group's four bodyshop departments repaired a total of 7,778 vehicles.

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