Plastic Omnium is launching an ambitious expansion program with an investment of Euro 20 million to digitize ∑-Sigmatech, its global R&D center for exterior components and modules located in the Lyon region. The expansion is aimed to equip ∑-Sigmatech with new mechatronics, virtual reality, and robotized tool resources. The project will strengthen teamwork and exchanges between employees, whose number is going to rise from 550 today to 700 in the future. The expansion is expected to complete in 2020 contributing to the automotive revolution currently underway.
The global ∑-Sigmatech R&D center for external body parts and modules opened in 2003 in Sainte-Julie (Ain). The 16,000 m2 site includes a pilot plant to test all the new parts developed for automakers. The pars are to be tested before going into production. The additional 10 automotive development centers for automotive exterior parts, will be located within close proximity of the customer decision-making centers.
Nearly 4,000 m2 will be added to the existing 8 000 m2 to equip the site with new capabilities for mechatronics, ADAS tests, virtual reality and collaborative robot resources to increase the company’s ability to respond to the new challenges of connected, autonomous and cleaner vehicles. Finally, a “life center” building will include reception, restaurant and meeting areas as well as sports facilities. The office area of the site will increase from 8,000 m2to 23,000 m2 with the total investment of €20 million. Recruitment for 120 new positions will start soon, of which 30 will be added immediately. The investment is part of the Group’s strategy to build its innovation capacity to reach another technology milestone in its contribution to the automotive revolution.