Ceramic Injection Moulding shines on the new Range Rover SV
April 3, 2023
The new Range Rover SV, from Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division, will feature a number of components produced by Ceramic Injection Moulding (CIM). The CIM parts, produced by the Oechsler Group, headquartered in Ansbach, Germany, include the two-colour ceramic roundel displayed on the rear tailgate of SV models as well as the gear shifter, terrain response and volume controls.
Jaguar Land Rover stated that, “The New Range Rover SV is the first vehicle from Special Vehicle Operations to carry the new ceramic SV roundel, which represents the SVO team’s design and engineering passion for modern luxury, performance and capability. The roundel introduces a simplified ‘SV’ model name that will identify all new Land Rover vehicles launched by Special Vehicle Operations in future.”
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These exclusive CIM components, produced using the same process as many luxury ceramic watch cases, are precision ground after sintering to create a perfectly even surface before the components are either diamond polished or sand-blasted to achieve the desired gloss or satin finish. “The whole process takes around ten weeks, including final quality inspection by hand,” added Jaguar Land Rover.
Michael Van Der Sande, Managing Director, Special Vehicle Operations, commented, “Working with the finest materials and innovative technologies has enabled us to introduce even more luxury into every part of the New Range Rover SV. This attention to detail and quality is evident throughout the vehicle and is symbolised by our new white ceramic SV roundel on the tailgate.”
Oechsler Group has an established reputation for the production of components by Ceramic Injection Moulding for high-end automotive applications. In recent years, the company also expanded its operations to include Metal Additive Manufacturing.