Renault invests €230 million in the Sandouville plant to produce Trafic model image

Renault is investing €230 million on its Sandouville plant – France. The automaker plans to move the production of Traffic model from Spain and the UK to the French facility.

In addition the facility will produce H2 high-roof version of the Opel / Vauxhall Vivaro.

According to a statement released by the French automaker, Sandouville plant is to be equipped with a new stamping tool, new sheet metal workshop, new assembly facilities to adapt to LCV production and a new paint system adapted to vehicle body sizes.

Renault said the installation of the future LCV line and the paint building will require an eight-week production halt in 2012. The first life-size production tests for the future Trafic will be carried out that same year.

Renault’s Sandouville plant has a history of over 40 years. It was the first Renault plant to obtain ISO 14001 certification ( 1998 ). Currently the facility produces the hatchback, station wagon and coupé versions of Laguna, together with Espace and Grand Espace.

Renault Sandouville employs nearly 2,400 people (end-2010).