Nissan new industrial complex brazil press release
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Nissan inaugurates R $2.6 billion (USD $1.5 billion)
automotive complex in Brazil to capture 5% market
! Investment of R $2.6 billion *
! Production capacity of 200,000 vehicles and engines per year
! Production starts with the brand new Nissan March
! Creation of 2,000 direct Nissan jobs expected
! Incorporates environmentally friendly “green belt” design surrounding
complex and Turfeira Lagoon Preservation Unit
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (April 15, 2014) – Today Nissan officially opened its R $2.6
billion (USD $1.5 billion) * industrial complex in Resende, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, marking
one of the largest automotive investments by any manufacturer in the country. This
investment is part of an effort to achieve 5 percent market share and to become the
number one Japanese automotive brand in Brazil.
The new Nissan facility already employs about 1,500 people and is expected to grow to
around 2,000. The complex includes all facets of automotive production – from the
stamping of sheet metal into parts to vehicle assembly and road course testing for the
estimated 200,000 vehicles and 200,000 engines the complex will have the capacity to
produce each year.
Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn joined the governor of the State of Rio de
Janeiro, Luis Fernando Pezão; Nissan chairman for Latin America, José Luís Valls; and
president of Nissan Brazil, François Dossa along with other authorities, company
employees and guests in today’s event.
"The Nissan Industrial Complex of Resende is fundamental to achieving our growth
objectives in Brazil, which is the fourth largest automotive market in the world and a key
part for our development in Latin America. Our goal is to achieve 5 percent market share
and to lead Japanese automakers in quality and customer service in Brazil by 2016," said
The Nissan Resende complex will produce Nissan's “Platform V” vehicles and engines
starting with Nissan March and the 1.6 16V flexfuel engine.
“Nissan’s expansion of our manufacturing capacity throughout the Americas over the last
two years, with new plants opened in the United States (2012), México (2013) and now
in Brazil (2014) underscores the untapped opportunities that we foresee throughout the
hemisphere and, specifically, in Brazil,” said Jose Luis Valls, chairman of Nissan Latin
“Nissan began operations in Brazil in 2000, and the opening of the Resende complex
consolidates its presence, launching a new phase for growth in the country. The new site
in Resende will help Nissan to deliver more quality, and more technological and up to
date products,” said François Dossa, president of Nissan Brazil.
All Nissan Resende employees have undergone special training, and more than 300 have
trained outside Brazil for three months at Nissan's plants in Japan, Mexico, the United
States and England. Because quality is a priority for Nissan, the vehicle quality control
team underwent six months of special training in Japan and Mexico. In the last year,
Nissan has invested more than $4 million in technical training for the Resende workers.
Technology on Behalf of Quality and Sustainability
Training has followed the guidelines of the Nissan Production Way, with the creativity
and perseverance of Brazilian employees complementing the technology of the most
modern Japanese processes and equipment to ensure the highest quality vehicles and
engines in a way that protects the surrounding environment.
In total, 88 robots carry out tasks that demand more precision or could incur safety or
ergonomic risks. In most areas, Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGV) – small self-driven
robots – move small carts of parts, eliminating the need for transportation belts with
combustion engines or platforms activated by chains, making the operation safer and
The vehicle painting process follows the modern and sustainable “3Wet” water-based
paint system with base and varnish done soon after primer application, making the
process shorter and reducing energy consumption. The robots use cartridges that reduce
the waste of paint and solvents, reducing the emission of volatile organic components
(VOCs) and making the operation more environmentally friendly.
A Green Plant Inside and Outside
The principles of ensuring that Nissan's Industrial Complex in Resende is sustainable and
environmentally friendly go beyond improved assembly equipment and advanced
processes to the original design of the buildings and the entire infrastructure. The
buildings showcase natural illumination and ventilation systems, which reduce energy
consumption and have low environmental impact. Production processes also reuse water
by filtering solids for recycling or proper disposal. The objective is to constantly reduce
CO2 emissions and the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) created by
Outside the walls of the plant, a green "belt" will be planted to surround the entire
complex, which will help to reducing both emissions and noise. The belt will reflect the
region's natural habitat and occupy an area of more than 12 acres.
Nissan also has committed to investing in the preservation green areas in the region with
reforestation in some habitats. The company will create an environmental preserve for
the Turfeira Lagoon located next to its industrial complex, which is fundamental to
maintaining biodiversity and an ecosystem that’s required for the survival of more than
150 species of birds.
Even More Brazilian Investment and Content with Supplier Park
The new industrial complex gives Nissan an opportunity to create a much larger
presence in Brazil and continue to grow. To accommodate additional growth,
infrastructure for a supplier park has been set up adjacent to the complex. The supplier
park already has four auto parts suppliers set up in addition to two that operate inside
the plant. These suppliers, which have moved to the region to support Nissan, include:
• Tachi-S, seat producers
• Yorozu, suspension supplier
• Kinugawa, rubber seal producer
• Calsonic Kansei, cockpit components
• Mitsui Steel, plates supplier
• Sanoh, brakes and fuels pipes
Nissan aims to reach a rate of nearly 80 percent local content in Resende by 2016.
* (USD $1.5 billion; exchange rate from October 2011 when facility was announced)
Technical Data of the Complex of Resende
Technical Data of the Complex of Resende
Local: Resende, Rio de Janeiro
Investment: R $2.6 billion (USD $1.2 billion)
Total area: 3,050,000 m2
Constructed area: 220,000 m2
Plants: 1 vehicle plant and 1 engine plant
Production capacity: 200,000 vehicles and 200,000 engines per
Products: Nissan New March and 1.6 16V flexfuel
Direct jobs: Currently, 1,500 employees (expectations
to reach 2,000)
About Nissan Brazil
Growing significantly over the recent years, Nissan is in Brazil since 2000 and aims to
achieve 5 percent market share by 2016. Nissan of Brazil currently operates with 169
dealers across the country and has plans to increase this number to 240 until 2016.
Nissan produces in Sao Jose dos Pinhais, Parana, since 2002 and in Resende, Rio de
Janeiro since 2014.
About Nissan LATAM
Nissan LATAM encompasses two business units: Nissan Brazil (NBA) and Nissan Latin
America and the Caribbean (NLAC). The region services 38 diverse markets, almost 500
dealerships and two automotive manufacturing operations. One is a R $2.6 billion project
in Resende, Rio de Janeiro which will have the capacity to produce 200,000 vehicles as
April 2014. The second has operated under the Renault-Nissan Alliance in Curitiba over
the last 10 years.
About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in
Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with approximately
236,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of
9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over
60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and
continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle
launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.
For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our
website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/