Volvo’s plant in Torslanda began a third shift yesterday which led to 1, 500 new jobs at the brand’s Western Swedish home region.
Due to the company receiving 30,000 pre-orders for the new Volvo XC90 seven-seater SUV, the automaker decided to add an additional night shift to cater for that. More than that, Volvo Cars increased its staff necessity from 1,300 to almost 1,500 new jobs needed because of an increase in the line speed at its plant. The expansion is expected to lead to an even larger number of new recruitments and other businesses in Gothenburg and Western Sweden.
After this expansion move, Volvo Cars has reached a total of 17,300 employees in Sweden, out of which 13,500 are based in Gothenburg, with 4,800 people working at the Torslanda plant.
Volvo’s CEO, Hakan Sanuelsson, stated that “I am very pleased by the extraordinary positive reception of our new XC90 model and that we can welcome 1,500 new employees to the Torslanda plant to produce this new car. This is just the start – we will launch a whole range of new cars in the coming four years, many of which will be produced here in Torslanda.”
Volvo predicts the brand will produce in 2015 around 50,000 units of its brand new Volvo XC90, and that the majority of the units will be exported, having the U.S. and China as the two main markets to do so.
After the expansion, the Torslanda plant now has a capacity of 300,000 cars, with models like the Volvo S60, S80, V60, V70, XC70 and XC90 being built there. The new Volvo XC90 is the first model based on the Swedish brand’s SPA – Scalable Product Architecture, which will also be used for a series of upcoming car models Volvo plans to build in Torslanda.
By Gabriela Florea