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Published on April 27th, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Volvo Torslanda Plant Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

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Half a century after the opening of the Gothenburg-based Torslanda plant, Swedish automaker Volvo inaugurated today the opening of its new TA3 body plant. The facility will be used to manufacture the all-new 2nd generation XC90 SUV, which will be officially launched at the end of the year and go on sale in the first quarter of 2015.

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Almost half of Volvo’s ongoing $11 billion investment plan will be spent on developing the company’s all-new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) and on the development of more economical Drive-E power plants. The work force of the new 24,000 square meters manufacturing facility will be comprised of approximately 300 robots and small teams of five to eight people.

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“With the investment in a new body shop we are creating the potential to increase production capacity in Torslanda from today’s approximately 200,000 cars annually to 300,000 cars”, said Lars Wrebo, senior VP of Purchasing & Manufacturing.

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In the last 50 years, Volvo’s Torslanda plant produced no less than 6,834,729 automobiles. It was built over a five-year span due to the rising demand for passenger cars in that era, a demand the old historic Lundby plant couldn’t cope with by itself. Currently, the factory is split into three different sections: the first one (TA section) manufactures body shells, the second (TB section) features a number of intermediate automated assembly processes, while final assembly is dealt with by the third (TC section).

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