People are and will continue to be essential for the development of the Fiat brand. In Filosa's view, what sets the Betim Plant apart is human capital, from the factory floor to the Engineering and Design areas. "When it comes to rolling up our sleeves and doing a good integrated job, the Fiat Plant has one of the best teams in the world", he celebrates.
With 2.25 million square meters of total area, the Fiat Automotive Plant is a real city with about 15 thousand employees. There are nine banking posts there and more than 19,000 food services per day. The complex has already produced almost 16 million vehicles, of which nearly 4 million have been exported to more than 30 countries. In 2017, the Fiat Automotive Plant produced 70% of the cars that FCA exported from Brazil.
For convenience sake, we often refer to this factory as a "plant", but the truth is that this term in the singular is not accurate. This is because there are two plants there: one for Vehicles (which includes the complete cycle of production, with the units of Presses, Body, Painting and Final Assembly) and another one for Powertrain (with the Motors and Transmissions units). In addition, one of the four FCA R&D centers in the world is located there: the Research and Development Center Giovanni Agnelli, composed of the Design Center, Vehicle Design and Powertrain Engineering, Experimental Engineering and Powertrain Engineering. This gives the Fiat Plant the ability to create a vehicle from start to finish. In the aerial photo, the test track of 3.6 thousand meters in length stands out.
Flexible and dynamic, the Vehicle Plant is responsible for the production of 8 models: Uno, Fiorino, Doblò, Grand Siena, Weekend, Strada, Mobi and Argo. The Fiat Toro is not produced there, but at the Jeep Automotive Plant in Goiana (Pernambuco state), as well as the Cronos which is manufactured in Cordoba, Argentina. Ducato completes the Fiat range, imported from Mexico.
In addition to these three main areas, the processes for the development of new products were redesigned with the modernization completed in 2016, resulting in the creation of three other structures that connect people and processes from the most varied areas of the company: the Development Center (which includes Engineering, Manufacturing and Quality in projects being launched), the Component Center (Measurement and zero tolerance testing for defects) and the Value Optimization Center (which takes care of strategies to increase the value of the product in partnership with suppliers).
Check out in the infographic below to see the main figures for Fiat’s Automotive Plant