The manufacturing project of the Nissan Frontier pickup at the plant in Córdoba, Argentina, received the green light to advance to its final stage of pre-production, after passing the rigorous quality stages of Nissan.
The process, which began in Zama, Japan, adds to Nissan's global tradition, with more than 80 years of experience in manufacturing pick-ups. In the beginning, Nissan's Design, Manufacturing, Supplier Development and Quality teams traveled from Argentina, Mexico and Spain to Japan. It was there that the pick-up for Argentina was assembled for the first time, with pieces created and assembled in an artisanal way, in a first batch based on prototype pieces.
In recent dates, Nissan's quality team has verified that the Córdoba facilities, robots and assembly machines are in top condition and the staff has been fully trained to produce the Nissan Frontier. The tools, facilities and equipment have been added to the assembly line in a comprehensive review of all the scenarios prior to final production.
“In Córdoba, as in our factory in Resende, Brazil and around the world, Nissan develops its manufacturing projects under a function called Monozukuri, with which it seeks to optimize all the processes of the value chain, as well as guide and review every detail, and ensure that the final product will be the best option for each of our clients ”, he pointed Sergio Casillas, Vice President of Manufacturing Operations for Nissan Latin America.
Since the beginning of this ambitious project for the brand in the country, Nissan has been working with local suppliers to achieve the highest levels of integration. At the beginning of production, this percentage will be higher than 30% and will progressively increase as production progresses., being a clear objective to reach at least 40% in the short term.
With the completion of the last stage, the Córdoba plant is preparing to move to serial production of the Frontier. This industrial project joins Nissan's global production network, which in the region is complemented by the plant at the Resende Industrial Complex, Brazil.
The new production line in Córdoba is the product of an investment of 600 million, announced by the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance in 2015, for the manufacture of three pick-ups: Nissan Frontier, Renault Alaskan y Mercedes Benz X Class.