"Our factories are driving this transformation to meet increasingly personalised customer demands in a more flexible work environment” - Renault EVP Manufacturing & Supply Chain Jose Vicente de los Mozos.

"Our factories are driving this transformation to meet increasingly personalised customer demands in a more flexible work environment” - Renault EVP Manufacturing & Supply Chain Jose Vicente de los Mozos.

Renault has secured an 'Advanced Lighthouse' award from the World Economic Forum for Industry 4.0 implementation at its Cléon plant in the Seine-Maritime region of France.

The World Economic Forum, meeting in Dalian, China made the award to Renault's Cléon factory, the first automotive, industrial site to be recognised in France, according to the manufacturer.

Cléon has equipped all 57 hectares of buildings with Wi-Fi, enabling data to be gathered and fully automated processes such as full kitting or parts traceability to be implemented.

"To prepare the mobility of tomorrow, which will be electric, connected and autonomous, our factories are driving this transformation to meet increasingly personalised customer demands in a more flexible work environment," said Renault EVP Manufacturing & Supply Chain, Jose Vicente de los Mozos.

"With 35 plants worldwide, Groupe Renault has an industrial system that is firmly anchored in the future."

Cléon, which produced 760,000 engines and 372,000 gearboxes in 2018 and has just celebrated its 60th anniversary, has been transformed into a 4.0 plant, with several digital use cases such as connected workforce, virtual reality training and automated truck flow management.  

"In a highly changing market, our plant has a central role to play in the production of electric motors for the entire Groupe Renault," added Cléon director, Javier Bernaldez.

"Being at the forefront of the industry 4.0 is a strong competitive advantage that allows us to look to the future with confidence. 

Employees at the Cleon plant benefit from a specific safety programme for all incoming employees using augmented and virtual reality.

The deployment of digital tools as close as possible to the field, particularly through tablets for workforce, provides real-time access to production or quality datas.

With nearly 860 hires since 2015, the Cléon plant works with several Normandy start-ups.