New modern plant will start production in Q4 2009
General Motors Brazil, along with officials from the Santa Catarina
State and Joinville City, announced today the company's decision to
build a new engine and automotive components plant in that city.
The new plant will require investments of approximately US$ 200 million and is scheduled to begin production in the 4th
quarter of 2009 -- only 19 months from the announcement. The plant will
employ 500 people and is expected to generate 1,300 indirect jobs.
decision to build a new engine plant in Brazil is essential to our
ability to expand vehicle production capacity throughout the Mercosul Region," said Jaime Ardila, President of General Motors Brazil and Mercosul.
Carlos Pinheiro Neto, vice-president of GM Brazil, said, "The plant is
part of GM Brazil's strategy to place facilities in the most
advantageous locations and Joinville City provides a fantastic
infrastructure and has highly skilled labor."
facility will be approximately 500,000 square meters with the plant
itself comprising an area of approximately 60,000 square meters. The
plant will have the capability to produce 120,000 engines and 50,000
cylinder heads per year and, when at full capacity, it will operate on
plant will include some of the most advanced processes in the area of
engine machining and assembly, and cylinder head manufacturing. The
machining process incorporates flexible machines with control systems
that provide for rapid production changes to volume, technical changes
and product improvements. In addition, the sophisticated engine test
system enables operators to test engines without using fuel (gasoline
or ethanol). As a result, the electrically-powered system essentially
eliminates the generation of contaminants inside the plant.
Nicolini, General Director of GM Powertrain for Latin America, Africa
and Middle East, said, "An example of environmental responsibility at
the plant is the closed looped system that uses water and oil, but does
not create industrial waste -- meaning there is zero pollution in the
with all GM facilities in Brazil, the new plant will be built in
accordance with the company's global environmental policies. For
example, approximately 180,000 square meters of land will be preserved
as a natural habitat.