London - 28 April 2015 - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has officially opened the new Jeep production facility in Goiana, located in the State of Pernambuco in northeast Brazil. A total of BRL 7 billion (€2.2 billion) has been invested in the facility - which was constructed in approximately two and a half years - including BRL 3 billion for the Jeep assembly plant, BRL 2 billion for the supplier park and the remainder for product development and other investments.
Equipped with 700 robots (650 welding, 40 painting and 10 assembly), the plant has a covered surface area of 260,000 square meters and installed production capacity of 250,000 vehicles per year. The plant can also produce up to three different models contemporaneously and is currently producing the Jeep Renegade for export to markets across Latin America. The on-site supplier park covers an area of 270,000 square meters and houses 16 suppliers that produce 17 component product lines at 12 different factories.
It is expected that more than 9,000 people will be working at the site by year-end, including 3,300 at the Jeep plant, 4,900 employed by suppliers and around 850 in service activities.