Efficiency improvements to save Volvo “billions”

Volvo AB said a switch to more efficient techniques will cut assembly costs at its Swedish truck factories by 10-20 percent this year and next, and save it billions of kronor, reported Dagens Industri.

Volvo’s truck information director Tommy Kohle said the company is switching to line assembly techniques to improve productivity in the face of global competition.

The company’s cabin factory in Umeå plans a rationalisation which will cut its assembly costs by 10% this year, and by 21% eventually, said Dagens Industri.

Its truck factory in Tuve Gothenborg will this year get the full effect of new assembly efficiencies which will also increase its production capacity to 102 units a day from 84.