The current two assembly lines will be replaced by a flexible new system where different cab models can be built on one and the same line. The degree of automation and flexibility will thus increase. The change has a positive impact on capacity as well as on the effectiveness and will be implemented successively throughout the factory without necessitating any production standstills.
Later this year, Volvo Trucks will submit an application to the County Administrative Board in Västerbotten County and its Environmental Assessment Delegation for a new operating licence to cover all its operations.
With regard to the very strong global demand on heavy trucks, there is a need to increase the production volumes at Volvo Trucks world-wide, including the Umeå operation. The company will investigate the possibility to increase the capacity within the framework of the new operating licence. The new adjusted permit to expand to 66,000 cabs per year was granted in April 2007.
September 14, 2007
For further information please contact Claes Claeson, Volvo Trucks, phone number +46 (0)31-663908 or Thor Persson, communications manager Volvo Trucks Umeå, phone number +46 (0)90-707320.