Issue: Sep 2018


Manufacturing 2020



At the core of FCA’s strategy in Brazil is its manufacturing 2020 game plan

by Clinton Wright


The Jeep Automotive Plant, in the city of Goiana (Pernambuco).

The company is focused on the development of new processes to increase quality and productivity, integrated in the Industry 4.0 concept.

This new automotive industry is born of interconnected systems, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Additive Manufacturing,
Augmented Reality (AR), among other solutions. Today FCA is an industry 4.0 reference in Latin America due to its investments in new digital technologies and its highly-qualified professionals, as well as its initiatives such as the Manufacturing 2020 laboratory.

The ecosystem of Industry 4.0 is present across the company’s innovation culture, in a transversal and consistent way, by
focusing on the development of new skills and competences.

Within this context, a key space for the development of human capital is Manufacturing 2020. This is a laboratory created with
the testbeds concept as basis, which are platforms dedicated to experiments with new technologies, within an environment that
reproduces a real scenario in scale.

In Brazil a major Industry 4.0 milestone was the inauguration of the Jeep Automotive Plant, in Goiana (Pernambuco). With an
annual production capacity of 250,000 vehicles, it is considered the most modern FCA facility in the world. The plant began
operations in the first half of 2015, with a large ensemble of leading-edge digital technologies.
With the know-how acquired by the FCA team, new digital processes have been replicated at the Fiat Automotive Plant in Betim.
Installed at the Fiat Automotive Plant, this lab is helping uncover the most relevant future trends of Industry 4.0, in addition to promoting training activities.

The space encompasses a virtual simulation room, two training rooms, partner room, ICT room, and
the production process cells for the most varied concept tests, including collaborative robots and exoskeletons.



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