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Renault’s Sandouville Plant to Begin Innovative Electric LCV Production

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Renault Group has revealed plans for its Sandouville facility to produce a groundbreaking lineup of electric LCVs for

Renault Group has revealed plans for its Sandouville facility to produce a groundbreaking lineup of electric LCVs for Flexis SAS, the new collaborative venture involving Renault Group, Volvo Group, and CMA CGM. To commemorate the occasion, Luca de Meo, CEO of Renault Group, and Thierry Charvet, Chief Industry & Quality Officer, Renault Group, hosted Bruno Le Maire, Minister for the Economy, Finance, and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty, and Édouard Philippe, Mayor of Le Havre and Chair of the Le Havre Seine Métropole urban community, at the Normandy site. During their visit, the officials engaged with assembly line workers and commended the decision to establish this innovative project in France, which is expected to employ 550 individuals over the next four years.

The assignment of this new project recognizes the expertise and commitment of women and men at the plant. A new era is beginning at Sandouville, with the production of a new generation of electric LCVs that will transform the logistics of the future with their revolutionary design. This is a source of pride for us, and it is also a challenge that we are taking up at this historic site, where the objective is to remain an industry benchmark,”said Thierry Charvet, Chief Industry & Quality Officer, Renault Group“With this decision, Renault Group is strengthening its industrial footprint in France.”

Sandouville, a benchmark in the production of LCVs in France

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 over 1,000,000 Trafic vehicles for Renault and its partners, in a full range of versions, from the platform cab to the Trafic SpaceClass.

A recruitment plan to boost industrial activity

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, an ambitious training plan has been put in place, with over 21,400 hours of training in 2023, i.e. almost 18 hours per person.

An industrial site in a process of transition

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

SOURCE: Renault Group

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