Farewell to The Defender
Release date: 29th January 2016
Friday 29th January is a sad day for many at Jaguar Land Roverís Solihull plant on Lode Lane. For at 10am, the very last Land Rover Defender will roll off the production line, ending 68 years of heritage for this great British icon.
So too will it be the end of an era for Sertec. We have supplied parts on this vehicle for over 40 years, initially as Series 1 Land Rover, then Series 2 and onwards through the name changes over the years but it will always be remembered as the original Land Rover.
In its current guise, The Defender is still regarded as the best in the world in its class and we are immensely proud to have been a major supplier of presswork and assemblies to this great vehicle. Indeed, we supply 749 different part numbers to Defender and when one considers that over 2 million have been built, it puts into perspective the value of this vehicle to Sertec.
It certainly helped fund Sertecís growth and paved the way for our work on other vehicles. What was once just Defender, has now grown into the manufacture and supply to every Jaguar and every Land Rover vehicle in the range.
As part of the BBCís coverage of this historic day, Journalist Peter Plisner was on site and filmed a short piece with Grant Adams in the foreground of inspection checks on the Defender Bumpers.
Whilst we say farewell to the Defenderís production, we will continue to manufacture some of the part numbers to the aftermarket for some time to come. Manufacturing processes have changed dramatically since Defender and we have been at the forefront of the new developments and technology. Our focus remains on the outstanding JLR product of the modern era.