Volvo Cars is increasing personnel at its Torslanda, Gothenburg plant to accommodate swelling customer demand of the company’s new cars. The company, based out of Gothenburg, Sweden, plans to add a third working shift and approximately 1,300 jobs to the Torslanda facility in the first quarter of 2015.
The expansion follows the opening of a brand new body shop that lifted the production capacity in the Torslanda plant to 300,000 cars annually. These changes are all in connection with the start of production for the all-new Volvo XC90 SUV--the first car from the new in-house developed Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which will form the base for a range of upcoming new Volvo models. All the updates are part of Volvo’s ongoing $11 billion (USD) investment program in new products and production capacity.
Global retail deliveries for Volvo Cars were up by 9.2 percent during the first three quarters of 2014, while the outlook for the full year is a total sales volume of approximately 470,000 cars—an all-time sales high and growth of 10 percent. The all-new XC90 is expected to bring the company’s sales volumes even higher in 2015, creating the need for increased output, and therefore a more productive plant in Torslanda.
To supplement the new production capacity at the Torslanda facility, a revised working agreement will also be implemented within the first three months of 2015 and will increase the flexibility in production to meet customer demand.
When all is said and done, by the second quarter of 2015, Volvo of Torslanda will employ 4,600 people—an increase of almost 40 percent. The plant, which earlier this year celebrated 50 years of car making, currently produces the Volvo S60, S80, V60, V70, XC70 models, in addition to the all-new XC90.
This article is presented by Kundert Volvo in Hasbrouck Heights and Englewood, NJ.