Renault has spent EUR135m on a new spare parts distribution centre that it says will allow it to make optimal use of its warehouses and to cope with the increase in activity generated by the 26 new models included in Renault Commitment 2009.

The new site located in Villeroy, France will help to support the group’s international growth. By the end of 2007, it will employ 300 people, including 240 local new recruits and 60 internal transfers.

The new facility is part of a major programme to create new centres or to extend the existing centres throughout the world (Morocco, Russia, Romania, Slovenia, Algeria, Korea) in order to cope with the growth of Renault’s parts and accessories business.

The new 150,000 m² warehouse is capable of receiving all of the parts from numerous suppliers at a single site that meets the company’s logistics standards, thereby reducing geographical dispersion and improving logistics performance.

The Villeroy site is made up of four buildings. The first was opened in June 2006, and the three other buildings in the period since then. Operations on the new site started in September 2006 and it will be totally operational by September 2007.

An employment protocol signed in November 2005 forms the basis of an active partnership between Renault, the French State, the Burgundy Region and the Yonne department for the recruitment and the professional training of local manpower and the reception of Renault employees in the region. A two-level organisation has been created with the Burgundy regional authorities and the national employment agency in order to train the staff required to operate the site. The selected applicants follow general refresher training according to their initial qualifications and a preparatory course for the job interviews. More than 110 people have already completed these training courses.

Successful applicants were then offered a training course in the shape of a fixed-term contract lasting up to nine months in the Renault warehouses in Cergy and Flins, at the end of which they received a diploma in logistics.