"Sochaux must be a factory of excellence, a showcase for its industrial ambitions." This was the opinion of Arnaud Deboeuf, the company's chief manufacturing officer. Based on this idea, the 2022 Sochaux project wants to make the facility in the eastern French region of Franche-Comté the most productive in Europe for creating multi-energy SUVs.
The new workflow organization, the backbone of the most significant change from 1930 to the present, resulted from five years of dedicated effort. The production process has been rethought from the ground up, and a half has shrunk the physical plant to achieve the Dare Forward 2030 goals and make a dent in global warming pollution.
A new molding workshop was implemented in 2019 after a 33-million-euro investment, the first of its kind in France in two decades. The workshop is known for its versatile and flexible line, which can make more than one part in one pressing cycle.
Together with Mulhouse, the two largest automotive manufacturing sites in France, their combined capacity of 400,000 vehicles per year makes them the two largest in Europe. This year, the assembly lines distributed among five workshops were moved to the heart of the site and completely redesigned to increase production efficiency. Using an old building for a new purpose or reusing industrial equipment from other areas were two of the most efficient ways to get the best return on investment and make the most money from the vehicles made.
The plant's logistics represent a significant technological advance due to the installation of a 25-meter-tall stacker crane, which can move the components that arrive in Sochaux factory in real-time. This is a novel solution that is unmatched in the European industrial panorama.
The subsequent step is to adopt a body assembly area for the STLA Medium electric platform and potential vehicles made in Franche-Comté. In addition, plans for a new paint store are being considered.
Nearly three thousand employees have access to a brighter and more welcoming workshop and workstations that feature improved ergonomics over the past year, allowing maximum quality. Our new organizational structure, the Stellantis Production Way, was strengthened by a training program and the new Team2WIN facility.
The institutional partners, who have been involved with the project from the start, are working together to make these significant changes.
The Burgundy-Franche-Comté Region and the administration of Pays de Montbéliard worked together on an innovation support program that helped Sochaux 2022. This was done to help an industrial zone grow.
The Belchamp Technical Center is one of the places in Sochaux dedicated to research and development. Therefore, engineering teams from Sochaux have been contributing to the STLA Medium electric platform.