Combining industry expertise and local presence

Published on 07 May 2019

SPIE combines its industry expertise and local reach to support the ramp-up of production by Groupe PSA in Europe.

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Quentin Rasse Machinery and Equipment Purchasing Director, Groupe PSA

In what areas does SPIE work alongside Groupe PSA?

We work with SPIE in a number of industrial areas, including electrical installations and body-in-white and vehicle fitting lines. For example, we recently called on SPIE to assist on the new Peugeot 208 line in Trnava, Slovakia, and on the new DS 3 CROSSBACK line at our Poissy facility in France. SPIE will also be setting up the electric vehicle charging stations at the Opel development centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany.

What are the industrial challenges facing Groupe PSA?

The challenges we’re taking up with SPIE are many and varied, against a backdrop of considerable economic pressure. To start with, new product launches are driving many of our production facilities to full capacity. So schedules are tight, with no room for delays. Another challenge is the constant need for performance improvements, even though Groupe PSA has already managed to halve its capital expenditure in the past ten years, while actually making more cars. Refurbishing and adapting existing plant, for example, enables us to reduce  both costs and environmental impact. We also have to ensure rapid response  capabilities at our production facilities, and this calls for attentive, local-reach services. This is one of SPIE’s great strengths, with their excellent geographical coverage of units operating in the industrial specialities of interest to us. On top of that, SPIE recently brought in a new organisational framework, improving centralisation of services to Groupe PSA and feedback on our projects. 

SPIE has implemented a new industrial organisation that improves centralisation of services to Groupe PSA.”
Quentin Rasse, Groupe PSA
Quentin Rasse, Machinery and Equipment Purchasing Director, Groupe PSA
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Industry services by SPIE –Inspired by Quentin Rasse from Groupe PSA

SPIE combines its industry expertise and local reach to support the ramp-up of production by Groupe PSA in Europe.

PSA is a car manufacturer which produces four million cars every year, all around the world, with six main brands. Peugeot, Citroën and DS are all well-known but there is also Opel Vauxhall and recently Free2Move which is a brand dedicated to mobility.

Your partnership with spie?

We have been working with SPIE in several domains of the manufacturing process, such as body assembly, vehicle assembly systems and electrical works. To give you some recent examples, we worked with SPIE on the new Peugeot 208 in Trnava (Slovakia) and also on the new DS 3 CROSSBACK in our factory in Poissy (France). And then most recently, SPIE is going to install the electric charging points at the Opel development centre in Rüsselsheim.

Your main challenges?

So, we’ve had two new challenges recently. Firstly, there has been the integration of Opel into PSA Europe and, secondly, there is the development of all the new types of energy, such as electric and hybrid vehicles, which require a lot of modifications to all our factories and also the installation of charging points.

What do you expect from your partners?

SPIE is a group which has lots of geographical entities active within many industrial sectors. Recently, new structures were put in place which enable the relationship with PSA to be better centralised. As for us, we have assigned a purchaser who is there to liaise more closely with SPIE. We are also carrying out feedback on all the new projects that we have led so that we can improve in the future.