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FPT Industrial opens new ePowertrain plant in Italy

FPT Industrial opens new ePowertrain plant in Italy

Turin
(Italy)

On
October 18, FPT Industrial, the global powertrain brand of Iveco Group,
inaugurated its new ePowertrain plant, fully dedicated to the production of the
brand’s electric range including electric axles, electric central drives and
battery packs for light commercial vehicles, minibuses and buses. This opening
marks another important milestone for the brand in its decarbonisation path and
for its strategy of achieving net-zero emissions for its products and of all
its industrial activities.

The
new production site is the first totally carbon-neutral Iveco Group plant,
achieving its targets by offsetting its CO2 emissions with the purchase of
energy from renewable sources and carbon credits. In addition, the plant
generates energy with solar panels installed on the facade and with innovative
technologies, such as the “mini-wind tower” and the “smart flower”.

In
the new ePowertrain plant attention to environmental protection is also shown
through the Iveco Group Sustainability Garden, a 6,000 square meter internal space
planted with 100 drought-resilient plants of native species with great CO2
absorption capacity. A pedestrian path has also been created with recycled
pallets. Along it four panels, also made with recycled pallets, illustrate the
Group’s sustainability priorities and related targets.

The
Mayor of Turin Stefano Lo Russo and the Councilor for Budget, Patrimony and
Productive Activities Development of the Piedmont Region Andrea Tronzano
attended the ceremony, together with a delegation of professors and students
from the University of Turin.

The
features of the new FPT Industrial plant, together with the Iveco Group’s
business vision, were discussed during a moderated talk featuring Sylvain
Blaise, President, Powertrain Business Unit, Iveco Group; Domenico Nucera,
President, Bus Business Unit, Iveco Group; Luca Sra, President, Truck Business
Unit, Iveco Group; and Annalisa Stupenengo, Chief Operations Officer, Iveco
Group.

Advanced technology,
sustainability and safety at work

The
new electric-dedicated ePowertrain plant is integrated into the FPT Industrial
Stura area, next to testing and the production plant for internal combustion
engines, transmissions and axles, with obvious advantages in terms of
industrial synergies.

With
a total area of 15,000 sq m, the ePowertrain plant features three parallel
production lines dedicated respectively to battery pack assembly, electric
central drives, and HCV electric axle production. At full capacity, it will
produce over 20,000 electric axles and over 20,000 battery packs per year for
LCVs, minibuses and buses. The number of employees is expected to reach about
200 people, while the new ePowertrain plant is already generating additional
jobs.

Introducing
remarkable innovations on its production lines is a hallmark of FPT Industrial,
but at the ePowertrain plant human-machine collaboration has reached the state
of the art, thanks to the Industry 4.0 technologies adopted across all areas,
enabling the automatic collection and analysis of all data which are essential
to monitor and improve safety, quality and productivity.

All
production processes are based on highly automated warehouses for the
management of components, and developed through electronically controlled
assembly stations.

Next-generation
technologies adopted include augmented and virtual reality, reducing the design
time for production lines by simulating operational outcomes before physical
installation; 3D printing and “Smart Observer” systems based on intelligent
sensors; 3D scanners for metrology-grade measurements; 3D reality simulators
and cooperative robots. These robots, together with automated guided vehicles
(AGVs), greatly improve ergonomics and safety, and make the operators’ job
easier and less stressful.

Cloud
quality checks allow instant detection of problems, while end-of-line checks
certify the conformity of the product both in terms of configuration,
performance and safety. On the HCV electric axles line, a station with light
signals supports the operator by clearly indicating which component is to be
selected and where to mount it, thus helping achieve the zero-error target.

On
the battery assembly line, dielectric carpets protect operators against
possible electric dispersions, while thermal imaging cameras automatically
measure battery temperatures, immediately reporting any deviation from the
norm.

“As
key energy transition players in all On-Highway and Off-Highway sectors, we are
pioneering new clean energy propulsion systems and we are fully committed to
reaching the ‘net zero carbon’ goal by 2040. Our new ePowertrain plant is a
fundamental step in this process. The electrified products we manufacture here
will accelerate decarbonization in the transport sector, providing our partners
and customers with cutting-edge solutions for their future product line-ups,”
said Sylvain Blaise, President of the Powertrain Business Unit, Iveco Group.

Alessandro
Sezza, Plant Manager at the Turin site, Iveco Group, said, “People are the key
to our success. Our team is called to acquire a new mindset to approach the new
challenges of e-mobility, and new skills to relate with the Industry 4.0
environment. It’s a change management. At the Tech Academy, we prepare our
people for a completely new process, where it is fundamental to manage the
information flows provided by robots and automated tools. But we also teach the
soft skills they need, with a tailored programme called ‘In trasformazione’ we
prepare our people to face a complex and fluid scenario.”

FPT
Industrial is a brand of IVECO Group, dedicated to the design, production and
sales of drives systems for on-road and off-road vehicles, as well as marine
and power generation applications. The company has more than 8,000 employees
around the world, ten production plants and seven R&D centers. The FPT
Industrial sales network is made up of 73 dealerships and about 800 service
centers in almost 100 countries. The brand boasts an extremely vast range of
products that includes six engine families with power that goes from 42 HP to
1,006 HP, transmissions with maximum torque from 200 Nm to 500 Nm and 2 to 32
ton gross axle weight (GAW) front and rear axles. FPT Industrial offers the
most complete line-up of natural gas engines on the market for industrial
applications, with power that goes from 50 to 460 HP.

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