In Sochaux, Stellantis drastically shrinks its historic cradle
110 years old is the perfect age for renewal. The oldest French automotive site thus opened its doors on Monday, September 5 to the press to present its industrial revolution. A complete transformation that has enabled Sochaux (Doubs) to reinvent itself through 200 million euros of investment and by drastically reducing its surface area. The cradle site of Peugeot in Franche-Comté “extends today over 165 hectares, against 210 ten years ago, with 490,000 square meters covered against 725,000 at the time”, summarizes Christophe Montavon, its director. That’s compaction! Five years of work were needed to implement a new organization of the production flow, reduced from two to a single line in three shifts to manufacture the Peugeot 3008 and 5008 compact SUVs. This is the most important transformation since 1930, announces the factory. “Energy savings have been reduced by 20%, heating costs halved”, announces Arnaud Deboeuf, industrial director of Stellantis.
A new stamping workshop was launched in 2019, with a versatile and flexible line to manufacture different parts in a single press stroke for a specific investment of 33 million euros. Car assembly, previously installed in five different workshops, was repositioned this year at the heart of the site in a single building. The area of the assembly alone has increased from 250,000 to 100,000 square meters. The parts distribution flow on the line has been automated with 250 wire-guided carts and buttlers operated by barcodes and able to rotate 360 degrees. The parts sent by the suppliers are managed by a stacker crane 25 meters high, as in the pharmacy or the food industry, capable of managing them in real time, i.e. 130 pallets per hour. A step forward in terms of management which has resulted in the passage “a reduction in the logistics staff at the assembly of 20-25%”, according to an unofficial source.
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