Renault Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn inaugurated the all-new Alpine A110 production line. This inauguration was attended by the Minister for Economy and Finance of France, Bruno Le Maire, with the two also inspecting the production line committed to the new sports car of Alpine. This production line will be part of Groupe Renault’s Alpine facility located in Dieppe, Normandy.
Talking about the new production line, Ghosn revealed that it was in Dieppe where the first-ever Berlinette was manufactured around half a century ago. The renewal of the Alpine production, he added, presented the company with an interesting challenge. Groupe Renault managed to rise to the occasion with Alliance, he continued, especially with support from the local urban district, the region, and ultimately the state. The factory has been completely refurbished, Ghosn declared, through an investment amounting to at least €35 million and the recruitment of 151 individuals. The brand has long been known for its French-style elegance and excellence. With this new production line, Ghosn said, this will no longer be simply claims but an actual industrial reality.
After two years of work and an outlay of at least €35 million, the brand believes that the Dieppe plant will become one of a kind especially in Europe. This new production line will have the capability of assembling the chassis and all-aluminum body of the Alpine A110. Meanwhile the paint shop will have new cleaning and sanding robots in order to ensure that premium quality finish. The brand also revealed that the same assembly line has been upgraded in line with the best practices of Alliance.
Further, the addition of 151 recruits means that the workforce levels in the Dieppe plant have been increased by 60%. This will increase the total number of employees to 392, all of whom will undergo a total of four weeks, around 140 hours, of training that is specific to the Alpine A110’s production.
This facility has long been considered as the historic home of Alpine. It was built in 1969 by Jean Rédélé and specialized in manufacturing small athletic models. Once the factory is converted to follow Alliance manufacturing standards, the Dieppe plant will truly become more than qualified to manufacture premium vehicles.
Groupe Renault has been in the business of making cars going as far back as 1898. As of 2016, the company is now an international multi-brand group selling around 3.2 million in 127 different countries. The group has a total of 35 manufacturing sites with 12,700 point of sales, and employs at least 120,000 people. In order to be able to continue with the profitable growth plan and meet major technological issues, the Group will be utilizing the international growth as well as the complementary fit of the Group’s five brands which include Alpine, Dacia, LADA, Renault, and Renault Samsung Motors.