Haulotte produces 50000th machine at Reims plant

By Maria Hadlow05 July 2011

Haulotte's factory in Reims, France has just produced its 50000th machine. The plant, opened in 2000, specialises in the Star vertical mast machines which are available in 6, 8 and 10m working heights and the Compact range of narrow electric scissors in 8, 10, 12 and 14m working heights.

Capable of producing 62 machines a day when running at its peak capacity, the Reims plant, headed up by divisional director, Gerard Doyeux, employs a Kanban manufacturing philosophy of continual improvement to ensure the quality of the machines.

The plant includes a powder coating paint line which can paint machines not only in the traditional Haulotte yellow but in most liveries that customers choose. It takes just 20 minutes to change a colour batch.

Currently the Reims factory is also supplying parts for the Compact 8 (8m working height scissor) to Haulotte's Chinese plant as the new Asian facility ramps up production and these and other parts to the US.

Read more about Haulotte in Access International's July/August issue.

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