FAURECIA INAUGURATES €57 MILLION INVESTMENT IN NEW DIGITAL FACTORY FOR EMISSIONS CONTROL TECHNOLOGIES, SHOWCASING ITS DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Nanterre, France, Oct 4, 2016,  by Faurecia

Faurecia, a leading automotive supplier, today unveiled a €57 million state-of-the-art investment in a new data-driven manufacturing facility in Columbus (Indiana, USA). 

Columbus South, a 37,000 m² facility, will employ 450 people and produce a new, high-tech emissions control product for the commercial vehicle industry, serving its customer Cummins Emission Solutions. With this facility, Faurecia is driving forward the company’s digital transformation by ushering in technologies that are at the forefront of modern-day manufacturing.

This new facility represents a breakthrough for Faurecia in two ways: first of all, as a major step forward in the development of our emissions control business for Commercial Vehicles with an exciting new product for improved air quality. Secondly, this plant is our first comprehensive example of our Manufacturing 4.0 initiative incorporating connectivity, automation, data processing and hardware to advance the manufacturing industry,” said Christophe Schmitt, Executive Vice President of Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies (FECT). “We look forward to a successful launch and the continuation of our digital enterprise developments across more of our facilities around the world and across our product lines.”

The Columbus South facility’s digital environment will feature a variety of new technologies, systems and processes, including:

  • Laser scanning and early detection of variation;
  • Self-learning autonomous intelligent vehicles (AIVs);
  • Collaborative robots known as “cobots”;
  • Continuous data collection to help predict and prevent equipment failures;
  • A completely paperless environment keeping employees connected and informed with real time information; and
  • An open-concept design and digital screens, laptops and smartphones designed to foster real-time collaboration and communication.

 

Faurecia’s long-term partnership with Cummins Emission Solutions has been evolving since Faurecia purchased Emcon Technologies in 2010, and this partnership is now a cornerstone of Faurecia’s emissions control business in North America and globally. Faurecia has put air quality solutions at the forefront of its strategy, and the new product being launched in Columbus is a concrete example of the Group’s technology investment.

Faurecia is one of the world's largest automotive equipment suppliers with global leadership positions in three activities: Automotive Seating, Interior Systems and Emissions Control Technologies. Its strong technology offer provides automakers with solutions for the cockpit of the future and sustainable mobility. In 2015, the Group posted total sales of €20.7 billion and employed 103,000 people in 34 countries at 330 sites and 30 R&D centers. Faurecia is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris stock exchange and trades in the U.S. over-the-counter (OTC) market. In North America, Faurecia had sales of €5.7 billion in 2015. It employs more than 20,000 people at 48 locations in Canada, Mexico and the United States. For more information, visit www.faurecia.com

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