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Renault Group’s Sandouville Plant To Build Electric LCVs for Flexis SAS

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Renault Group’s Sandouville site will build electric LCVs for Flexis SAS, the new joint venture set up by Renault Group, Volvo Group and CMA CGM. (Earlier post.)

Reflecting the expertise and skills acquired by Sandouville in the production of LCVs over the past 10 years, the site has been selected to build a new generation of electric vans from 2026. This decision expands the strongly rooted industrial ecosystem established by the Group for the production of LCVs in France with its three plants: Maubeuge (Kangoo), Sandouville (Trafic) and Batilly (Master).

The Sandouville site has built more than 1,000,000 Trafic vehicles for Renault and its partners, in a full range of versions, from the platform cab to the Trafic SpaceClass.

To support this new activity and help the plant start the new project, a recruitment plan has been announced, with 550 new permanent and fixed-term hires over the next four years. This number is in addition to the 1,000 hires already recruited between 2014 and 2023. The plant currently has a headcount of around 1,850. At the same time, a training plan has been put in place, with more than 21,400 hours of training in 2023—i.e. almost 18 hours per person.

The plant is stepping up its digital transformation and is committed to achieving net zero carbone by 2030.

With the deployment of the digital ecosystem Sandouville Plant Connect, the site workshops make maximum use of operational data, updated in real time, to optimize the value chain: from supplier management, to production through to delivery to customers. Designed to oversee the various aspects of plant performance (quality, cost, lead times, energy use, etc.), this tool contributes to a more proactive work environment while promoting day-to-day excellence.

In pursuit of decarbonization, the entire manufacturing process has been optimized to meet the 2030 target. Initiatives include a new, modernized painting process that will cut the use of resources and energy by 30%. The plant is also equipped with 40 hectares of photovoltaic panels.

Ideally located in the region of Normandy, close to transport infrastructure, the Sandouville bodywork/assembly plant opened in 1964, and built most of Renault’s top-end vehicles (17 models) over a period of 50 years. Since 2014, it has specialized in the manufacture of light commercial vehicles. In 2023, the plant built 131,427 vehicles, adding Trafic Van E-Tech electric to its line-up.

Source from Green Car Congress

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