Faurecia has unveiled a EUR57m (US$64m) new data-driven manufacturing facility in Columbus, Indiana, which will employ 450 people and produce an emissions control product for the commercial vehicle industry, serving its customer, Cummins Emission Solutions.

"This new facility represents a breakthrough for Faurecia in two ways: first of all, as a major step forward in the development of our emissions control business for commercial vehicles with a new product for improved air quality," said Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies (FECT) EVP, Christophe Schmitt.

"Secondly, this plant is our first comprehensive example of our Manufacturing 4.0 initiative incorporating connectivity, automation, data processing and hardware to advance the manufacturing industry.

"We look forward to a successful launch and the continuation of our digital enterprise developments across more of our facilities around the world and across our product lines."

The Columbus South facility's digital environment will feature a variety of new technologies, systems and processes, including:

. Laser scanning and early detection of variation;

. Self-learning autonomous intelligent vehicles (AIVs);

. Collaborative robots or 'cobots;'

. Continuous data collection to help predict and prevent equipment failures;

. A paperless environment keeping employees connected and informed with real time information; and

. An open-concept design and digital screens, laptops and smartphones designed to foster real-time collaboration and communication.

Faurecia's long-term partnership with Cummins Emission Solutions has been evolving since Faurecia purchased Emcon Technologies in 2010.