The new Voith Industrial Services multi-million pound wheel and tire assembly plant in Coventry in the UK is beginning to take shape before opening later in the year.
The first 90m-long assembly line has been installed and is currently undergoing extensive commissioning. The new track, which has 11 fully automated workstations, will be programmed to assemble every single possible combination of over 700 wheel and tire derivatives with capacity for more.
The installation of the first track – the second will be de-commissioned, relocated, and re-commissioned from July – follows the first phase, which was to relocate the sequencing and transport operations.
The state-of-the-art plant in Torrington Avenue is being developed to meet the growing demand from premium and luxury car brands. The new facility will replace the existing factory which is only a few hundred yards away on Torrington Avenue.
Phillip Spencer, sales and business development director, Voith Industrial Services, said, “The current operation, employing about 80 people, takes place in three buildings covering an area of 97,000ft². It consists of three production lines currently assembling 4,000 units a day.
“The new plant will house all aspects of the operation in one building covering 140,000ft². A wheel and tire assembly will be completed in only 12 seconds – compared with 20 seconds on the current production line.”
April 6, 2016