A new stamping plant opens today (13/12/00) at Land Rover's Solihull site, representing an investment of £60 million $US87 million). The five stage transfer press at the heart of the plant, the largest of its kind in Europe, is to be officially opened by the Duke of Kent. The plant was completed in just 14 months from initial construction to initial run. The giant press, with a total force of over 8300 tonnes, will produce a peak of 58,000 steel or aluminium panels per week. Die changes can be accomplished inside 10 minutes, an activity taking several hours on older equipment.