Novares inaugurates Arouca factory extension in Portugal to supply PSA

Oct 8, 2019   Tier Suppliers

On October 8, Novares Group officially inaugurated the new factory extension at its Arouca manufacturing facility in Portugal.

The ceremony was attended by French Ambassador in Portugal and Novares CEO.

The plant was extended by 1500 m2 to 3,400 m2 in total, to accommodate new state of the art machinery, which in terms of capacity, have increased from a maximum of 450 tons to 2,100 tons clamping force.

The extension allows the factory to apply the company’s standard in terms of production flows, and better serve customer PSA at all its main plants in Europe, such as Vigo and Mangualde in Portugal, Poissy in France, Trnava in Slovakia, Kenitra in Morocco and Zaragoza in Spain.

The factory produces a range of engines, interior and exterior parts for the automotive industry, including underbody covers, engine beauty covers and central consoles. Work began on the extension in September 2018 and was completed last month. The workforce will increase from the pre-extension 78 to an anticipated 100 people by the end of this year.

Speaking at the ceremony, Pierre Boulet said “The extension and the associated upgrading of the machinery brings the factory up to the best standards within Novares. It confirms both our commitment to the Arouca site and our desire to give top-class service to our customer, PSA”.

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