Faurecia is to construct a new EUR165m (US$194m) Industry 4.0 factory in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region of France.

Employing more than 1,000 people in the long term, the new site will produce seats, solutions for reducing vehicle emissions and hydrogen storage systems.

The new site will be equipped with digital manufacturing technologies. The project will safeguard the registered headcount in the region and create an additional 300 positions in Allenjoie. It also ensures the long-term future of the Pulversheim site. 

“This major investment shows that, together with the public authorities, we can find industrial solutions that are competitive, environmentally responsible and which create jobs,” said Faurecia CEO, Patrick Koller.

“This new platform, integrating the latest Industry 4.0 innovations, will allow us to strengthen our operational excellence and customer satisfaction. It also demonstrates the commitment of Faurecia to accelerate the industrialisation of its hydrogen technologies for sustainable mobility.”

For his part, French Finance Minister, Bruno Le Maire, added: “Faurecia’s decision is an outstanding demonstration of the dynamism of our automotive industry and of the strong industrial attractiveness of the Belfort-Montbéliard region and its Energy Valley, which is a centre of excellence for hydrogen.  I am very pleased to support this major investment through France Relance.”

In 2021, the Clean Mobility Business Group’s industrial site in Beaulieu will be transferred to the new site in Allenjoie, which will provide Faurecia with industrial capacity to support growth of its hydrogen storage system business.

In 2022, the site will begin complete seat assembly, harnessing technological advances in automation and robotisation.