"This sends out a powerful message," said Anita Karlsson, HR and information manager at Volvo CE AB, Cab Division in Hallsberg. "Volvo CE has confidence in us, and is prepared to make a long-term investment in our operations here in Hallsberg."
Cab Division develops and manufactures cabs - or "driver environments" as they are sometimes known - for Volvo CE's construction equipment. Just like the rest of Volvo CE, the division has witnessed a considerable growth in volumes in recent years, according tot he company.
Two of Cab Division's three Hallsberg paint shops will shortly reach the end of their useful life spans. Volvo CE has now decided to replace the old paint shops with a new one which, as well as improving quality and increasing capacity, will also bring a number of environmental benefits. For example, both solvent and greenhouse gas emissions will be significantly reduced in comparison with current levels. The new paint shop, which will have its own sewage works, will also generate much smaller waste volumes. In addition, it will use less energy, and water discharges to the municipal sewage works will be more than halved, despite an increase in production volumes.
The new combined cabin, tank and bodypart paint shop will use the latest powder-coating and water-based primer technology, and will be built next to the cab plant. Construction work is due to start this year, and the paint shop is expected to begin production at the start of 2008.