PSA is to introduce a fourth production team and hire nearly 600 people at its Hordain plant in Selvenord, France, by May this year.
The move comes in response to strong demand for the Peugeot Expert and Citroën Jumpy, as well as the Peugeot Traveller and Citroën SpaceTourer, which have been produced at the facility since 2016.
To form the new team, the Hordain plant will be hiring staff from most manufacturing professions, including production workers, forklift operators, maintenance technicians, automation experts and production system supervisors, in primarily temporary positions of up to 18 months.
Candidates may apply directly to partner temporary employment agencies (Adecco, Crit, Manpower, Proman and Synergie) or to the Alliance Emploi group of employers.
In addition to the fourth team, the plant has also confirmed its night shift, which was created for a provisional six-month period in late September, 2016 to support the market launch of new models produced at the plant, will continue. The night shift was first extended for a year in March, 2017.
“The performance achieved by these vehicles in Europe has encouraged us to adjust and support the sales dynamic by creating a new production team,” said PSA Northern France Manufacturing Division Director, Patrice Le Guyader.
The models’ robust sales performance is helping to maintain the strong momentum achieved by the Group’s commercial vehicles business, which aims to consolidate its current leadership in Europe and triple sales outside Europe by 2021.
The vehicles form part of the Group’s Core Model Strategy, which was launched in 2016 with the Push to Pass plan and has been driven by the launch of global vehicles.
Outside Europe, the Peugeot Expert and Citroën Jumpy have also been manufactured in Latin America since October last year and will start production in Russia in the first quarter of this year.