FCA opens EUR2.2bn Jeep production facility in Brazil
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has expanded its presence in Brazil with a new €2.2bn Jeep production facility in Goiana in state of Pernambuco.
Said to be the company's largest and most advanced, the plant incorporates highest efficiency, quality and performance standards as well as state-of-the-art production processes and logistics.
FCA said in a statement: "This represents the single largest automotive sector investment in Brazil over the past decade and one of the most significant private sector investments in recent years."
Built in approximately two and a half years, the 260,000m² facility features Jeep assembly plant, supplier park and 700 robots. It is expected to produce 250,000 vehicles a year.
Covering 270,000m² area, the supplier park features 16 suppliers that produce 17 component products at 12 factories.
The plant is designed to handle production of up to three different models parallel, and is currently manufacturing Jeep Renegade for Latin American markets.
By the end of this year, FCA is expected to have 9,000 employees at the facility, including 4,900 from suppliers and around 850 in service activities.