Hyundai’s tools support its vision
Korean car manufacturer Hyundai has plants in several countries and Atlas Copco supplies power tools and assembly systems to all of them.
The latest Hyundai plant to go on-line, in Nošovice in the Czech Republic, has a large population of Tensor electric tools in its final assembly operation. There is sharp focus on quality and, like Atlas Copco, Hyundai has a strong environmental policy with a focus on sustainability.
The Czech Republic is home to what many industry insiders consider one of the most modern car plants on the European continent. Opened in 2008 in the village of Nošovice near the eastern borders with Poland and Slovakia, the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech plant produces the Hyundai i30 model and the i30 cw combi version. It also supplies transmissions to a Kia sister plant in the nearby Slovakian town of Žilina, and is gearing up for full-scale production of the MPV model of the Kia Venga.
The plant currently employs some 2 300 people who work two shifts that produce an annual output of 200 000 cars. In 2011 an additional 1 100 employees will work a third shift, boosting annual production to 300 000 units.
In order to meet the company’s environmental and quality goals, all five assembly lines in the Nošovice plant are entirely equipped with Atlas Copco systems and tools, most of which are electric.
An example of the importance Atlas Copco gives to tool service at the plant is the full-time presence of Service Technician Vladimir Beier. Working from a fully-equipped tool workshop, Beier carries out a variety of tasks, including preventive maintenance, problem-solving, programming and tool calibration. He also recommends process improvements.
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