Renault hosts Arnaud Montebourg, French Minister of industrial renewal, at its Cléon plant
Arnaud Montebourg, France’s Minister of Industrial Renewal, visited Renault’s Cléon plant on September 26, 2012.
Presenting the Cléon plant to Arnaud Montebourg, the Renault group talked about its strategy in powertrain production, stressing the Group’s excellence both in internal-combustion and electric vehicles.
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The Minister began with a tour of the assembly line of the Energy dCi 130 engine. He then visited private and confidential installations for the future electric motor, where he enjoyed a sneak preview of the assembly lines for ZOE components.
Commenting, Mendi Ammad, Director of the Cléon site, said: “On behalf of Renault, I am extremely pleased that the Minister chose to visit the Cléon site, giving the Group an opportunity to demonstrate the powertrain excellence of its engines and the strategic importance of the Alliance.”
The Minister congratulated Renault on the work on innovation and intelligence that have made Cléon a global player renowned for its engines.
Cléon, a French pillar of Renault’s industrial strategy
Renault is to invest €300 million in Cléon, proof of the site’s strategic importance. A pillar of Renault’s powertrain strategy, Cléon is a concentrate of advanced technology, expertise, know-how and quality. It is also a symbol of Group innovation, with the Energy dCi 130 engine and the electric motor to be produced from 2013.
The engines produced at Cléon demonstrate the powertrain excellence of the Renault group, long recognized around the world. The Energy dCi 130, the flagship of the range, is a real-life illustration of the beneficial links with Formula 1, where Renault has notched up ten wins as an engine supplier. Boasting unrivalled technological content at this range level, the Energy dCi 130 reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 20% while providing driving pleasure and quality at all levels.
The Renault group’s high value-added powertrain production remains firmly anchored in France and at Cléon in particular. More than 65% of Cléon production is exported, not just for Renault group brands (ESM and Dacia) but also for the Alliance (Nissan and Infiniti) and other partners (Suzuki and Opel). Daimler may also soon benefit from Cléon’s powertrain expertise.
Skills handed down over generations
To transmit this know-how and maintain skills from one generation to the next, Renault has set up an international manufacturing school, the Global Training Center, the powertrain hub of which is based in Cléon. The “critical” professions that the company needs to prepare for the future are identified here and the corresponding training courses provided. The lengthy and demanding courses – for example lasting from eight to ten months for electrical mechanics – are divided between classroom sessions, hands-on workshops and on-job experience at sites.
Involvement in local economic fabric
Medium-term investment of €300 million to: