Novares says it has improved the layout of its production facilities at its Vendas Novas factory in Portugal to increase productivity at the site.

The plant specialises in producing automotive mechanisms such as air vents, armrests and centre console roller doors, as well as handles – both inner door openers and gas injected assist handles – for car interiors supplied to major automotive and OEM customers worldwide.

The factory offers injection and complex assembly capabilities required to produce such products.

The new layout has entailed significant investment in building and infrastructure works in the site’s laboratories, offices and maintenance tool shop, as well as investment in new equipment, such as cooling systems for injection presses and moulds, as well as a raw material feeding system.

The factory upgrade is designed to improve product flow and allow better management of production processes, leading to better stock and labour management.

“This new layout is part of the company’s global investment programme to improve our factories and to ensure we can meet future challenges and deliver the operational effectiveness required by the automotive market,” said Novares CEO, Pierre Boulet.