FCA Invests $63 Million in Warren Stamping Plant
Plant Produces Parts Used Throughout North America
Cars and trucks are complex creations comprised of thousands of individual parts. Electronics and telematics have dominated the headlines in the automotive sector for the last year, but good ol’ fashioned metal still plays a critical role in automotive manufacturing. To that end, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has made a $63 million investment in its Warren Stamping Plant, upgrading to a high-speed servo tandem press. The installation of the new state-of-the-art press will increase capacity by 12,000 “hits” per day, or an additional 3.6 million parts per year. Warren Stamping operates a total of 12 major press lines, with a total annual output of 84 million parts.
The servo tandem press technology allows higher throughput, reduces complexity, and improves reliability and ease of maintenance, while reducing energy use. The press also allows for full programmable operation and variable ram speed. The new press allows for a die change in just four minutes, compared to 20 minutes with older-style presses.
The plant supplies seven plants throughout Canada, the United States, and Mexico, including for models such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango, Jeep Cherokee, and light and heavy-duty Ram trucks built in Warren and Saltillo, Mexico, as well the minivan plant in Windsor, Ontario.
Source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles