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    PSA Group bounces back in Northern France

    28 Apr 2016 | Mobility

    PSA Group—formerly PSA Peugeot-Citroën—is back to center stage, powered by its “Push to pass” strategy. With recovery now underway, the future looks bright for the company and its three production sites in Northern France.

    Northern France a key production region for PSA Group

    Group-wide achievement—with robust results

    PSA Group’s strategic plan relies heavily on Northern France, home to three production sites—Sevelnord in Hordain, La Française de Mécanique in Douvrin and UMV in Valenciennes/Trith Saint Léger. UMV in particular is a global standard setter, supplying parts for nearly 50% of all vehicles produced by PSA Group.

    Thanks to a strong performance by these and other plants, Northern France leads the nation in automotive assembly. In 2015, Sevelnord manufactured 87,254 vehicles, UMV’s plant in Valenciennes produced nearly 1.3 million gearboxes, and La Française de Mécanique’s unit in Douvrin shipped almost 600,000 motors.

    Top-tier skills drive PSA

    "We need to leverage the excellence of our products,” says PSA Group Chairman and CEO Carlos Tavares, who notes that Northern France is valued for its products and recognized for its expertise. PSA’s three production sites have a multitude of projects on the boil: on the heels of its EB Turbo—voted the world’s top engine in 2015—La Française de Mécanique in Douvrin will manufacture the group’s future DV-R diesel engine, and UMV’s Valenciennes plant will turn out PSA’s new 6-speed gearbox.

    New projects for Northern France

    This year PSA will round out its existing range, launching three new light vans equipped with cutting-edge technology. All will be made at Sevelnord, which will add a night shift to boost production capacity and keep operations running around the clock. “PSA is the European leader in vans, with 19.5% of the market,” said Carlos Tavares. “And these new models will widen our lead.”

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    http://www.lavoixdunord.fr

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