The IBC Vehicles plant in Luton, England, has now reached full volume production of the Vauxhall/Opel Vivaro, Renault Trafic and Nissan Primastar medium vans.

IBC spokesman David Crundwell said that a recent report in Automotive News Europe saying that all Renault Trafic and Nissan Primastar production had been moved to Nissan's Barcelona plant was "rubbish".

IBC builds all low roof versions, regardless of badge, and Barcelona will be the production source for high roof models, he said.

IBC, which produced 8,908 vans in October, is now running to a full monthly schedule.

This follows the launch of the van last year and the careful ramping up of volume in order to maintain car-like build quality.

The plant is now building to its annual capacity of 86,000 vans and, with the plant working all three shifts, this is an output of 370 vans a day in addition to 65 Frontera SUVs.

The total number of vans produced at the plant since start of production has now reached over 97,000 vehicles and most are destined for mainland European markets.

With a weight range up to 2.8 tonnes gross weight, two body styles and two wheelbases, the van is the result of successful cooperation between Vauxhall parent General Motors and Renault which sells a similar van model called the Trafic. Nissan has also recently launched its Primastar variant.

IBC has made recent improvements to its production facilities in Luton.
The installation of new paint unit conveyors during the summer shutdown has provided a more regular flow of painted bodies onto the final assembly line. Significant improvements have been observed, particularly for key measures such as quality and productivity. The 'first time pass rate' through the final quality gate for example has more than doubled, while the production line 'up time' has now achieved the plant's productivity targets.

The improvements have been monitored from a new information centre, which assimilates vast quantities of data taken from numerous inspection points and work zones throughout the production process.

"Receiving an uninterrupted flow of bodies from the paint shop has led to more productive working throughout the trim shop and final assembly line," says general assembly manager Peter Durham.

"A better work rhythm makes it easier to maintain a high build quality and the continuous flow makes it easier to reach new levels of productivity. We've also successfully achieved our target of keeping our vehicle inventory to an absolute minimum."