Volvo Torslanda Plant Celebrates 50th Anniversary, Innaugurates TA3 Body Shop

Half a century after the opening of the Gothenburg-based Torslanda plant, Swedish automaker Volvo inaugurated today the opening of its new TA3 body plant. The facility will be used to manufacture the all-new second generation XC90 SUV, which will be officially launched at the end of the year and go on sale in the first quarter of 2015.
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Almost half of Volvo's ongoing $11 billion investment plan will be spent on developing the company's all-new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) and on the development of more economical Drive-E power plants.

The work force of the new 24,000 square meters manufacturing facility will be comprised of approximately 300 robots and small teams of five to eight people.

“With the investment in a new body shop we are creating the potential to increase production capacity in Torslanda from today’s approximately 200,000 cars annually to 300,000 cars”, said Lars Wrebo, senior VP of Purchasing & Manufacturing.

In the last 50 years, Volvo's Torslanda plant produced no less than 6,834,729 automobiles. It was built over a five-year span due to the rising demand for passenger cars in that era, a demand the old historic Lundby plant couldn't cope with by itself.

Currently, the factory is split into three different sections: the first one (TA section) manufactures body shells, the second (TB section) features a number of intermediate automated assembly processes, while final assembly is dealt with by the third (TC section).

Jimmy Sjöö has worked in the Torslanda plant since 1964 and he has experienced first-hand how 50 years have altered both the cars and the way they are built.

“During my 50 years at the Torslanda plant, we have seen an amazing development in every single respect. We’ve moved from the personal craftsmanship of the Amazon era to today’s advanced production processes as new models are developed. I’m really proud and happy to have worked with so many skilled and dedicated fellow-workers during my time at Volvo Cars.”
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