Flins Renault Factory

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Flins factory
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Built1952 (1952)
LocationFlins, France
Coordinates48°58′38″N 1°51′41″E / 48.977147°N 1.86136°E / 48.977147; 1.86136Coordinates: 48°58′38″N 1°51′41″E / 48.977147°N 1.86136°E / 48.977147; 1.86136
IndustryAutomotive
ArchitectBernard Zehrfuss
Area237 hectares
AddressPlant of Flins, BP 203, 78410 Aubergenville, France

The Flins Renault Factory (also known internally as the Pierre Lefaucheux Factory in memory of Pierre Lefaucheux, Renault's first CEO following nationalisation) is a car factory in France, straddling the towns of Flins and Aubergenville in Yvelines, approximately 40 km from Paris. It is the largest (and, since the closure of the Boulogne-Billancourt factory, the oldest) Renault Group factory in mainland France. It was designed by the architect Bernard Zehrfuss[1] and opened in 1952. It is 237 hectares in extent, of which 67 are occupied by covered buildings.

Between 1952 and the summer break of July 2009 the plant had assembled 16,850,000 vehicles.

History[edit]

Creating Flins plant was part of a decentralisation plan for Renault with the aim of removing from the Billancourt plant the most repetitive and stressful tasks, which had caused several protests.[2] The number of employees increased over the years, passing from 2,100 in 1953 to 10,600 in 1962.[3] During the 1968 protests in France incidents were recorded around the factory.[4]

Having in the past produced historic models such as the Dauphine, in 2009 125,400 Clios emerged from the Flins production line, although this was a lesser quantity than the 179,495 produced at Renault's Bursa plant that year.[5]

The Flins plant produces numerous metal and plastic moulded components for use in Renault and Nissan factories worldwide which appears to give it a more secure future than some of the manufacturer's more recently constructed plants in France. In November 2009 it was confirmed that Flins would build the company's first electric powered volume model, based on the "Zoé" concept car. Considerable capacity is also being created for the manufacture and assembly of batteries in connection with this project.

As of 2013 the plant produces the fourth and third generation Renault Clio and the Renault Zoe. In 2013, it assembled 129,884 units.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Cornell University Press. 1986. p. 874. ISBN 978-019860-678-9.
  2. ^ Friedenson, Patrick (1986). "Automobile Workers in France and Their Work". In Kaplan, Steven L.; Koepp, Cynthia J. (eds.). Work in France: Representations, Meaning, Organization, and Practice. G - Reference,Information and Interdisciplinary Subjects. Cornell University Press. p. 533. ISBN 0-8014-1697-3.
  3. ^ Fabriès-Verfaillie, Maryse; Stragiotti, Pierre; Jouve, Annie, eds. (2000). La France des villes: le temps des métropoles ?. Editions Bréal. p. 276. ISBN 2-84291-642-5.
  4. ^ Blanchot, Maurice (2010). Political Writings, 1953-1993. French Voices. Fordham University Press. p. 190. ISBN 978-0-823-22997-0.
  5. ^ "Le Figaro". Retrieved 8 January 2010.
  6. ^ "2013 Registration Document" (PDF). Renault. p. 14. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 April 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2014.

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