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McLaren Interview

Ron Dennis - Chairman, McLaren Technology Group

As any Formula 1 fan knows, a good race is every bit about the journey as it is about the finish.

Our own journey with McLaren has been one that has broadened our horizons as a company, adopting new methods and techniques that have enhanced our own innovation. Founded in 1963 the McLaren Group entered its first F1 race in 1966, winning its first Grand Prix at the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium two years later. Over 50 years on, the Group remains a leader on the professional racing circuit, having seen the likes of Ayrton Senna, James Hunt, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button behind the wheels of their cars.

In addition to the glitz and glamour seen on the track, McLaren have also taken steps towards supplying premium quality sports cars to discerning buyers through their state-of-the-art McLaren Production Centre (MPC) near Woking, Surrey.

Lighter and faster, as well as more powerful, fuel efficient and exclusive than the key competition, the McLaren range embodies everything the company stands for and something that we both have in common; an unquenchable appetite to be the best in the business.

“The core ingredient that covers those companies who work with us is that they have to have the same ethos, the same desire to do things really well and the same objective to be able to look back on a completed piece of work and have a sense of pride,” says Ron. “And that of course extends to how the building is painted; in that area we have a great partner in Lucas.”Designed by renowned architects, Foster + Partners, the Group’s Production Centre was built alongside the existing McLaren Technology Centre, enabling them to fulfil global demand for their impressive range of vehicles. Having been brought on board to complete a number of surface treatments, in 2011 we successfully concluded the project within a short timeframe and to the impeccable standards expected from McLaren. “They were brought in to do a particularly challenging task, which was a refurbishment of some of our more complex manufacturing equipment,” explains Ron. “I was just blown away by the precision and skill that these people were bringing to what was a very challenging task. The relationship started there and now they are our chosen applier of surface finishes.”

The work we carried out led to a significant landmark in our own company’s history as we were made an official partner of the Group, who are rapidly expanding into other areas of technological advancement with their Applied Technologies division. In addition to our surface treatments and fit out projects, we now benefit from a wealth of knowledge and experience shared with McLaren; adopting and applying techniques that are relevant to our industry, we can ensure that we are at the forefront of what we do, going from pole position to first at the finish line every single time.