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Le parking de l'usine de Sochaux est rempli de véhicules à cause d'une congestion du transport. © supplied by Tribune The parking lot of the Sochaux factory is filled with vehicles due to congestion of transport.

The congestion of world transport continues. The Stellantis factory in Sochaux (Doubs) is, in fact, forced to store part of the new vehicles which it has built on a disused site. Waiting for shipping, they are led by factory employees to Lure-Malbouhans aerodrome, located more than 40 kilometers from the factory, said management to AFP.

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This former military site with an area of ​​242 hectares has been inactive since 1997 and belongs to the Departmental Council of Haute-Saône since 2005. A place which does not seem very suitable for storing cars at first glance but which benefits from "reinforced security" set up by the group.

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A factory spokeswoman explained to AFP that this decision was taken "to accelerate their distribution in the local markets. Local dealers also come and seek vehicles directly on the Sochaux site, to ensure shipments.

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European manufacturers also face "congestion of ports and instability of transport by rail", according to the management of Stellantis Sochaux.

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The Sochaux factory is particularly impacted, because it is located on a hub. Rennes and Trnava vehicles in Slovakia, for example, are repatriated to Sochaux before being shipped.

Finally, the Sochaux site suffers from a recasting of vehicle shipping logistics organized by the manufacturer. Carlos Tavares, the director general of Stellantis decided that the group would call on various players to take care of the transport of vehicles when the company, Gefco, was the only one to take care of it before.

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"We manage this day-to-day situation, as with semiconductors . The teams are mobilized seven days a week to find the best solutions and improve the distribution time, ”said the factory management to AFP.

because, if logistics is difficult, the production of the factory remains strong. Management claims that orders are going well "thanks to the successes of our vehicles. "The Stellantis Center in Sochaux has invested in a new mounting chain which already allows them to produce 1,100 vehicles per day and which should soon make it possible to build 1,200 per day according to Stellantis which observed" a very good operational return " According to the site spokesperson. A strong production that pushes management to find solutions to store its vehicles while waiting for a relief from the logistics chain.

(with AFP)

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