Auburn Hills, Michigan – Chrysler LLC announced that its manufacturing productivity has improved by 31.4 per cent over the last seven years, taking nearly 14 hours out of the time it takes to assemble a vehicle, according to the Harbour Report North America 2008. Chrysler posted a 7.7 per cent improvement in total manufacturing labour productivity to tie with Toyota as industry leaders.
Chrysler showed improvement in each of the four major manufacturing areas: Vehicle Assembly improved by 9 per cent; Stamping by 5.7 per cent; Engine Assembly by 7.1 per cent; and Transmission Assembly by 1.0 per cent.
The best-performing assembly plant in North America for labour hours per vehicle is Chrysler’s Toledo Supplier Park, cooperated with production partners The Kuka Group, Magna Steyr and Ohio Module Manufacturing Company, owned by Hyundai Mobis. The plant’s vehicle assembly averages 13.57 hours, an improvement of 38 per cent over last year.
The best-performing engine plant this year is the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA), a partnership of Chrysler, Hyundai and Mitsubishi, which on average requires only 1.84 hours to assemble an engine, an improvement of 31.3 per cent from the previous year.
Four of Chrysler’s plants scored among the top ten assembly plants, including Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ontario, which produces the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger.