Groupe PSA optimizes its manufacturing base in Europe

To step up its development and boost its competitiveness in Europe, Groupe PSA has decided to:
- Increase the agility of its manufacturing base by producing components as close as possible to car plants,
- Adapt its output to customer expectations, taking into account technological and energy shifts.

This optimization is based on the axes:

•    Improving performance of powertrain plants to fulfil orders for future Opel/Vauxhall models based on PSA platforms
•    Preparing manufacturing facilities for the ICE energy mix transition as well as the electrification push
•    Localising automatic gearbox production to meet shifting customer demand

These changes are also an opportunity to adjust production capacity for Group engines as the manufacture of Opel/Vauxhall models is gradually ramped up on Groupe PSA platforms and fitted with Groupe PSA powertrains and technologies.

In light of the above, the Group has decided to make three adjustments:


–    Increase production of the 3-cylinder Turbo PureTech petrol engine – awarded “Engine of the Year” in its category for three years in a row – as close as possible to car plants. In addition to doubling production capacity in France, compared to 2016, already in progress in Douvrin and Trémery plants, the Group will be producing PureTech engines in Tichy (Poland) and Szentgotthárd (Hungary) from 2019 onwards.
–    Prepare the Trémery plant (France) to produce electrical motors from 2019 onwards, before acceleration from 2021 onwards, thanks to the joint venture signed with Nidec. They will support the electrification push, as 100% of the Group’s vehicle range will include e an electrified offering by 2025.

–    Increase production of gearboxes from 2019 with the manufacture under license of automatic gearbox in Valenciennes (France), set to reach full potential by 2020, thanks to a strategic partnership signed with AISIN AW. Until now, this component has been manufactured in Japan and China. The Group will also invest to produce additional volumes of manual ML gearboxes in Metz-Borny (France) and MB6 gearboxes in Aspern (Austria), in particular to equip its high-end and light commercial vehicles and serve growing needs driven by production of Opel/Vauxhall cars.

 

These decisions have been made based on a performance assessment of manufacturing sites and in accordance with the New Momentum for Growth commitments signed in July 2016 by five out of six trade union organisations. The new production allocations also take into account what has been presented to employee representatives as part of the Opel/Vauxhall PACE! plan.

Groupe PSA takes a new step in the strategic partnership with AISIN AW to produce 6-speed EAT6 automatic gearboxes in France, from 2020 onwards.


•    Valenciennes production plant will benefit of a production capacity of 300,000 automatic gearboxes per year.

To meet the increasing demand of automatic gearboxes, Groupe PSA has entered into a license agreement with Aisin AW in order to produce the EAT6 gearbox in France. Until now this gearbox was manufactured by Aisin and imported from Japan.
The competitiveness of the Valenciennes production plant, combined with its recognized know-how in the industrialization and production of gearboxes, have enabled Groupe PSA to invest in a new machining and assembly plant to produce these 6-speed automatic gearboxes, which equip the Peugeot, Citroën, and DS flagship models, as well as the Opel and Vauxhall models produced on the Group’s platforms.
The combination of the recognized skills of the Valenciennes production plant and the technological leadership of Aisin AW, will ensure the highest level of quality and performance of these 6-speed (EAT6) automatic gearboxes.
The investment made in Valenciennes is part of PSA’s strategy of doubling the sales volume of models equipped with automatic gearboxes, thanks to a top level technology that meets the expectations of its customers.

Yann Vincent, Executive Vice- President, Manufacturing and Supply Chain, said:

“What will make the difference will be our agility to prepare our manufacturing base to produce components that meet customer needs and respond to the energy shift, creating the conditions for a sustainable future through enhanced performance. Groupe PSA’s 15 component production plants in Europe, located in France, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Poland, are eager to propose the best quality and performance to our customers.”

 

Groupe PSA to show its Plant of the Future at the Global Industrie Exhibition

 

  • In 2010, Groupe PSA launched the Excellent Plant programme: Invest, Modernise, Sustain

 

Its vision of the plant of the future projects Groupe PSA into a new growth model designed to address four key challenges:

  • Performance of the industrial organisation: optimisation of flows, quality, traceability, productivity and production line flexibility
  • Manufacturing technologies in the digital age: connected plant, robotics, optimised maintenance tools, 3D printing
  • Sustainable plant: resource optimisation, eco-design, more compact facilities
  • Human factor: learning community, training, working conditions, empowered teams