Discussion in 'Fiat Global News' started by prabhjot, Mar 15, 2017.
When we visited Fiat Pune factory, my mom was wondering "If there are facilities like this in India, why people are going to US"?
No wonder why FIAT, and probably other manufacturers too, have set high standards in their manufacturing.
Quote from the link in OP.
Remember that Marchionne was the ceo of the Swiss Agnelli-family-owned testing and standards firm SGS (i think that's what it's called.) Before he was handed the job of being the head of the entire Fiat Group, all of the Agnelli family firms, the Agnelli family holding company EXOR, since John Elkann/Agnelli was all-too young and completely lacking in any experience whatsoever when he had to succeed his suddenly deceased grandfather as well uncle, in 2003/4 i think.
The WCM system is a hyper ecologically conscious and highly digitalised/robotised/automated FCA/Fiat developed manufacturing framework designed to emulae and better the famed Toyota system of lean manufacturing, etc.
The best WCM gold status plants was: Pomigliano D'Arco, first off, where the Panda is built but which will switch to export-oriented new Alfa-s, new Maserati-s and/or Jeeps by 2019 or so. Then the TOFAS jv plant in Bursa, Turkey, which makes the Tipo trio, and which is seeing a large further expansion right now, so that a cuv Tipo avatar can be added too, the all-new Pernambuco plant in n e Brazil where the Toro, Renegade and now Compass are made, and of course the radically remade historic plants at Melfi (500X, renegade, punto, this last to be replaced there by either a Jeep or a Fiat c-suv soon) and now Cassino (new Alfa Giulia and Stelvio.) Plus the Windsor Canada one where the Chrysler Pacifica is made.
Meanwhile the other plants have been seeing large and continuous investments and large improvements so that all plants in the usa (of the old Chrysler Corp) are now at 'bronze' level, with a few achieving silver or gold as well. The famous 'home of Jeep' plants in Toledo ohio are being completely rebuilt right now for the launch in end-2017+ of the all-new Wrangler, the Wrangler pickup. The Belvedere plant likewise for the refreshed, facelifted etc 2018 Jeep Cherokee, Warren Truck, Michigan for the all-new Ram pickups in 2018, plus the all-new 7-seat Jeep (Grand)Wagoneer.
The Ranjangaon plant has seen large WCM (bronze status at least, one presumes) new investments for Jeep (280 million$), as has the famous and massive Betim one that makes the Palio, Punto, Sienna, Uno, Mobi etc. Plus the 2 all-new Chinese jv plants for the cusw Jeep Cherokee and soon Cherokee lwb, and the susw for the Renegade, the new Compass and other susw models next year.
FCA is nearing the end of its multiyear campaign to, at great expense given wcm protocols, completely render-cutting-edge ALL fca plants all over the world, including especially its historic ones in the usa and Italy+Brazil. WCM has required the complete rationalisation, 'right-sizing' and complete re-training of FCA workforces at all plants, including of course Magneti Marelli's. The plants use a lot of FCA's own COMAU robotics and digital manufacturing systems.
THAT is why FCA profitability is soaring and will evermore over the next few years: the investment needs of the plants have largely been met, and so capital is going much more into all-new models for ALL the brands, esp Jeep, Alfa, Maserati and (somewhat) FIAT.
Pretty good recognition (and FCA is only just hitting full-stride now, since its post-merger and post European eurocrisis recession financial stringency has eased so much now, post IPO and Ferrari spin-off etc: lots more coming soon) from a reputed auto industrial consultancy German firm: it has placed #7 among global firms for INNOVATION as per their definition/ranking/weighting of it, which is great since the rank has achieved without Ferrari now (Ferrari is now a completely seperate firm, still with sergio Marchionne as ceo and the Agnelli-s as majority owners+controllers.) FCA is #7 by sales globally, currently.
The result is largely a function of the new Alfa romeo-s and its engines, the new Maserati Levante and also the Chrysler Pacifica (including esp the phev hybrid) minivan.
FCA is ahead of all Japanese firms, as also Renault-Nissan: in the terms defined by this raking by this reputed German organization.
As all the great new stuff from FCA continues to rollout (eg., the gse engines on the latam new Fiat Argo and 'new Grand Sienna' x6s, or the upcoming Jeep 7-seater K8/Yuntu phev in and from China, more new Alfa-s....) this ranking could improve next year?
For whatever that is 'worth'.
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