GROUPE RENAULT TO PRODUCE MASKS AT FLINS TO GUARANTEE ITS NEEDS
Boulogne-Billancourt, May 20th, 2020 – Groupe Renault today announced the acquisition of a mask production line to meet its needs and guarantee the health and safety of its employees on its sites and in its commercial network in Europe (industrial and tertiary sites, and the Renault and private dealership network). This production unit will be located at the Renault plant in Flins (France) and will start production next July. It will be capable of designing up to 1.5 million surgical masks per week.
By equipping itself with a French-technology mask production line, the Group intends to implement a long-term solution to secure its supplies, cope with the risks of shortages, delays and price inflation, and thus help to reduce the strong pressure of demand on this market.
This decision was taken in consultation with doctors and the Group's HSE (Hygiene, Health, Environment) department, in line with the health standards deployed locally, whose top priority remains the health of those affected by the business recovery.
The manufacturing line automatically performs an ultrasonic weld, passing through various operations: unwinding of non-woven fabrics, cutting and positioning of the nose bridge, welding and cutting, turning the mask over, removal and welding of the elastics. A camera control allows the production to be checked and guarantees a very high level of quality. All the machines and materials used for manufacturing will be of French or European origin.
About twenty employees will be trained in June by the manufacturer of the production unit to be assigned to this mask manufacturing area. The line will comply with the Group's safety standards and the masks produced will be certified in accordance with current standards.
The project calls for the construction of a 1,000 m2 building on the site of the Renault plant in Flins to house the production line and the associated logistics areas. The products will then be sent to and centralized on the Renault site in Saint André de l'Eure (Sofrastock) in France, before being distributed between the various French and European establishments.
Groupe Renault has manufactured cars since 1898. Today it is an international multi-brand group, selling close to 3.8 million vehicles in 134 countries in 2019, with 40 manufacturing sites, 12,700 points of sales and employing more than 180,000 people. To address the major technological challenges of the future, while continuing to pursue its profitable growth strategy, Groupe Renault is focusing on international expansion. To this end, it is drawing on the synergies of its five brands (Renault, Dacia, Renault Samsung Motors, Alpine and LADA), electric vehicles, and its unique alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors. With a 100% Renault owned team committed to the Formula 1 World Championship since 2016, the brand is involved in motorsports, a real vector for innovation and awareness.