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Η Volvo ξεκίνησε την κατασκευή του πρώτου της εργοστασίου στις Η.Π.Α. στο Berkeley της Νότιας Καρολίνα. Το εργοστάσιο θα κοστίσει στην εταιρία περίπου $500 εκατομμύρια και ότι ολοκληρωθεί, θα αναλάβει την παραγωγή των νέων S60/V60 αλλά και ενός ακόμα μοντέλου που “δεν έχει ακόμα οριστεί”. Η μέγιστη ικανότητα παραγωγής του εργοστασίου θα είναι 100.000 αυτοκίνητα ενώ όπως ανακοίνωσε η Volvo, θα απασχολεί έως και 2.000 άτομα με προοπτικές για 2.000 επιπλέον στο μέλλον.

Η Volvo, ανακοίνωσε επίσης ότι η εξέλιξη του νέου S60/V60 έχει ήδη ξεκινήσει με το μοντέλο να βασίζεται στην SPA –Scalable Product Architecture- πλατφόρμα και την παρουσίαση του να τοποθετείται χρονικά γύρω στο 2018.

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Volvo Cars begins construction of its South Carolina manufacturing plant

Volvo Cars has taken the first steps in building its all-new car manufacturing facility in Berkeley County, South Carolina. The new plant will initially produce the next-generation Volvo S60 sedan, based on Volvo Cars’ new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). The company is investing USD500m in the new facility which initially will have a capacity of up to 100,000 cars per year.

The groundbreaking event in South Carolina today was attended by Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President Americas at Volvo Cars and Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina, along with other key public officials.

“Volvo Cars’ new South Carolina plant is a reflection of our firm commitment to the US market,” said Lex Kerssemakers. “The United States is a cornerstone in Volvo Cars’ global expansion plan and together with a whole range of new cars in the coming years, this new plant will play a vital role in growing our presence in the United States.”

Volvo S60 The SPA-based Volvo S60 Sedan is currently under development at Volvo Car Group headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden. American built S60s will be sold in the US market as well as overseas through exports from the Port of Charleston, along with another model yet to be determined. The first South Carolina-built Volvos are expected to roll off the assembly line in late 2018.

The decision to choose Berkeley County was taken as a result of its easy access to international ports and infrastructure, a well-trained labour force, an attractive investment environment and experience in the high tech manufacturing sector. Volvo Cars estimates that the factory will employ up to 2,000 people over the next decade and up to 4,000 people in the longer term.

With the new US plant in place, Volvo Cars will be able to manufacture cars on three continents, underscoring its position as a truly global car maker. It already operates two car plants in Europe and two in China.