In the training rooms adjacent to the workshop of a successful strike, the catechism of plant “excellent” way PSA is spread on the walls. “In 2016, the cost of the alterations amounted to 2 million euros “, said a poster. Further, a calico for future workers of the chain sums up the credo : “I’m involved to ensure the quality of the vehicle. I am premium. ”
In this Tuesday, October 24, sunny, it is really a plant that is labeled ” premium “, Mulhouse-Sausheim, that PSA made a visit to a twenty journalists cornaqués by Corinne Spilios, the director of the production center. The only woman (with Theresa Joder, Rennes) to lead a factory of PSA was for the occasion, accompanied by Yann Vincent, the patron saint of the group’s industrial strategy.
The place is not chosen by chance : Mulhouse is a site-key in the industrial complex of PSA. It is here that comes to start the production of the vehicle, the most elegant of the group : the DS7 Crossback, an SUV that Emmanuel Macron has selected to be its presidential car official and will be released early 2018. But there is not the most important. First of all, the factory – and especially its new assembly line – became a showcase of industry best practices for PSA, such as those intended by Carlos Tavares, the chairman : versatile, effective, economical.
Reduce the fixed costs
Here is what is of interest is the new entrant in the family of the PSA, Opel-Vauxhall, which was acquired by the French group this year. The production sites european Opel have a level of poor profitability, in particular, if one believes the experts of PSA, plant mother in Rüsselsheim, Germany, and, to a lesser extent, the factory Vauxhall Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom.
Within the group of journalists, visitors, the correspondent in France of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of the major daily newspapers of reference, German,…