Sunday, 24 January 2016

Master achieves record output in 2015

According to Renault sources, the company's Sandouville plant in France built 93,000 New Trafic and vehicles for Renault and its partner GM in 2015.

Of this total, the Sandouville plant built 5,116 Trafic-type vans for General Motors. Meanwhile, at the same time, Renault's plant at Batilly in France, home of the Renault Master "and others", has itself broken production records.  

Batilly’s assembly lines have, when combined, achieved highest-ever annual production for all brands, including over 126,000 vans.

The Renault Master has broken production Batilly’s record, with 85,208 units built. Renault’s plant specialises in the manufacture of large vans for Renault and its partners, Nissan, General Motors and Renault Trucks.

In 2015, the plant produced 126,375 vans and broke its previous record dating from 2006 (123,202 units).

It also broke the Renault Master production record dating from 2000 (82,121 units).

The detailed 2015 production figures are: Renault Master: 85,208 units; General Motors: 21,702 units; Renault Trucks: 12,500 units; and Nissan: 6,965 units.

The plant has made the Master for 35 years and during this time the plant has seen three generations of the Renault Master. More than 2.2 million Masters have been produced here since the plant was inaugurated in 1980.

On average, one Renault Master leaves the assembly line every two minutes. With over 3,000 employees, it is the biggest private employer in France’s Meurthe et Moselle department.

Renault says that its entire range of light commercial vehicles is made in France and benefits from French production know-how and competitiveness.

Kangoo vans and larger Trafic vans are produced in the Maubeuge and Sandouville plants respectively. With a daily production capacity of 640 vehicles, the Batilly plant works with more than 250 suppliers, over half of which are based in France.

Engines for the Master are produced by Groupe Renault’s Cléon plant based in Normandy, which specialises in the production of high-tech powertrains.

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