Van production expands for RenaultMitsubishi in France

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  • Industry-leading plant in Maubeuge to become the small van center of excellence for the Alliance with allocation of next-generation Renault Kangoo and New Nissan NV250

  • Renault Sandouville Plant to produce a new Mitsubishi Motors van based on Renault Trafic platform

  • New investment in manufacturing in France to expand production capacities for Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, emphasizing the importance of France to the Alliance

Via Renault Inter­na­tion­al Media Web­site

Alliance Chair­man and CEO Car­los Ghosn announced new van pro­duc­tion for man­u­fac­tur­ing facil­i­ties in Maubeuge and San­dou­ville, France. Maubeuge serves as Renault’s small van cen­ter of excel­lence and San­dou­ville is the pro­duc­tion cen­ter for the Renault Traf­ic van.

By the end of the strate­gic plan, Alliance 2022, the Alliance aims to dou­ble annu­al syn­er­gies to €10 bil­lion. To help achieve this tar­get, Renault, Nis­san and Mit­subishi Motors will accel­er­ate col­lab­o­ra­tion on com­mon plat­forms and com­mon pro­duc­tion facil­i­ties.

In the pres­ence of French Pres­i­dent Emmanuel Macron, Alliance Chair­man & CEO Car­los Ghosn announced these new invest­ments in France. They toured the plant and met with employ­ees and also vis­it­ed the plant’s advanced train­ing cen­ter.

Groupe Renault’s glob­al van exper­tise is dri­ving syn­er­gies across the Alliance to ben­e­fit all our cus­tomers. The Maubeuge and San­dou­ville plants pro­vid­ed the most attrac­tive solu­tion thanks to their com­pet­i­tive­ness and abil­i­ty to lever­age Alliance com­mon plat­forms. This year, Groupe Renault has announced a total invest­ment in France of €1.4 bil­lion to sup­port two pil­lars of growth: pure elec­tric and light com­mer­cial vehi­cles” said Car­los Ghosn.

 The Maubeuge plant, which ranks among the most effi­cient plants in France, will serve as the man­u­fac­tur­ing hub for the next-gen­er­a­tion Renault Kan­goo fam­i­ly, which includes elec­tric ver­sions. Groupe Renault is invest­ing €450 mil­lion for Kan­goo pro­duc­tion over five years. In 2019, 200 work­ers will be hired in order to sup­port the van expan­sion.

The Nis­san NV250, a new small van based on the cur­rent Renault Kan­goo plat­form, also will be pro­duced at Maubeuge, begin­ning in mid-2019.

Fur­ther­more, as stat­ed in their recent joint press con­fer­ence in Paris, the Alliance and Daim­ler are reaf­firm­ing their part­ner­ship. Renault cur­rent­ly pro­duces the Mer­cedes Citan van at the Maubeuge plant.

Mit­subishi Motors also will ben­e­fit from Renault’s van exper­tise, with the announce­ment that it will source a vehi­cle on the same plat­form as the Renault Traf­ic, built in Renault’s San­dou­ville plant, for mar­kets in Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

About Renault Maubeuge Plant
The Maubeuge plant has been a dri­ving force in France’s auto­mo­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing for almost 50 years and cur­rent­ly employs more than 2,200 work­ers. With exper­tise in small light com­mer­cial vehi­cles and elec­tric vehi­cles, it cur­rent­ly serves as the pro­duc­tion source for Renault Kan­goo, Kan­goo ZE, and Mer­cedes Citan. Over 60% of the pro­duc­tion is export­ed to 33 coun­tries. The plant is Renault’s most effi­cient site in France and serves as a bench­mark in mod­ern­iza­tion through the Indus­tri­al 4.0 ini­tia­tive. In 2017, more than 130,000 Kan­goo vehi­cles were sold through­out the world, with Kan­goo ZE lead­ing elec­tric van sales in Europe. Our work­force in Maubeuge spent over 27,000 hours in train­ing in 2017, approx­i­mate­ly 20 hours per employ­ee. Maubeuge has devel­oped a strong appren­tice­ship pro­gram in con­junc­tion with local schools focused on inte­grat­ing youth into the work­force.

About Renault San­dou­ville Plant
The Renault San­dou­ville plant, a key indus­tri­al play­er in Seine-Mar­itime (France), employs near­ly 2,000 work­ers. The site is ded­i­cat­ed to the pro­duc­tion of the Renault Traf­ic light com­mer­cial vehi­cle and sim­i­lar ver­sions for Fiat and Nis­san. 70% of the San­dou­ville plant’s pro­duc­tion is des­tined for export. In 2017, more than 104,000 Traf­ic vehi­cles were sold world­wide.

About the Alliance

Groupe Renault, Nis­san Motor Co. and Mit­subishi Motors rep­re­sent the world’s largest auto­mo­tive alliance. It is the longest-last­ing and most pro­duc­tive cross-cul­tur­al part­ner­ship in the auto indus­try. Togeth­er, the part­ners sold more than 10.6 mil­lion vehi­cles in near­ly 200 coun­tries in 2017. The mem­ber com­pa­nies are focused on col­lab­o­ra­tion and max­i­miz­ing syn­er­gies to boost com­pet­i­tive­ness. They have strate­gic col­lab­o­ra­tions with oth­er auto­mo­tive groups, includ­ing Germany’s Daim­ler and China’s Dongfeng. This strate­gic alliance is the indus­try leader in zero-emis­sion vehi­cles and is devel­op­ing the lat­est advanced tech­nolo­gies, with plans to offer autonomous dri­ve, con­nec­tiv­i­ty fea­tures and ser­vices on a wide range of afford­able vehi­cles.

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