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Kia opens first US production plant

Kia has opened its first US-based manufacturing plant. Located in West Point, Georgia, the state-of-the-art facility is capable of producing 300,000 cars annually for the North American market.
Speaking at the opening of the plant, Byung-Mo Ahn, group president and CEO of Kia Motors America, said, “We are proud to call West Point our home and we look forward to many years of growing together.
“With the successful launch of the new Sorento and now the opening of our first manufacturing plant, the Kia brand is well positioned for further growth and to become a worldwide leader in quality and innovation.”
Representing a US$1 billion investment, the West Point plant covers a 204,000m2 footprint and features four main shops: stamping, welding, paint and assembly. There’s also a transmission shop, module shop and a two-mile test track where every Kia vehicle intended for the North American market will be tested.
The stamping press delivers 5,400 tons of pressure and an automatic panel loading system. The fully automated welding shop boasts 242 welding robots, while the painting shop uses eco-friendly, water-soluble coatings. Another highlight of the plant is a real-time processing and control system that feeds components to the production plant.

4 March 2010


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