General Motors is celebrating the GM Joinville plant‘s 10th anniversary in Brazil, the company’s main powertrain facility in South America that builds the engines for Chevrolet‘s most successful models throughout the region.
The automaker recently celebrated the Joinville plant’s 10th anniversary in Brazil, which completed its first decade of operations on Monday, February 27th, just as it’s enjoying its best moments of productivity. In fact, the factory is currently running at full capacity in response to high demand for units of the popular Chevy Onix, Chevy Tracker and all-new Chevy Montana pickup.
“We are very proud of what we have built over these 10 years and the expectation is to expand operations and use the maximum of production capacity, always with sustainability in mind, supporting the company’s triple zero global vision,” said GM Joinville Plant Director, Marcelo Ataíde. “The three pillars of the ESG are part of GM’s DNA and we will continue with our exemplary work on these fronts to reinforce our commitment to environmental, social and governance causes,” he added.
As GM Authority reported late last year, the Joinville plant has substantially increased its production from November 2022 onwards by adding a third shift to its assembly lines. This increased production at the complex supports exports of the turbocharged 1.2L I3 engine for Chevy Tracker assembly in Argentina, and the start of production of the all-new Chevy Montana at GM São Caetano do Sul plant in Brazil.
The addition of the third shift saw the Joinville plant increase its production capacity from 312,000 to about 410,000 engines a year, bringing the powertrain complex near its maximum annual capacity of 417,000 units per year for the first time, following its most recent expansion inaugurated at the end of 2019. The plant exclusively builds three-cylinder engines, heads and blocks of the eighth-generation Ecotec family.
Since its inauguration on February 27th, 2013, the Joinville plant has manufactured more than 1,600,000 engines and is internationally recognized for its pioneering processes in environmental conservation and energy efficiency, ranking among the most sustainable and modern GM factories worldwide. In addition, the new engines have been awarded for their high efficiency and lead the Brazilian automotive industry for their low fuel consumption.