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    New PSA Peugeot Citroen plant inaugurated in Brazil

    French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroën has inaugurated a new manufacturing plant in Porto Real, Brazil that will eventually produce 100,000 Citroën Picassos and Peugeot 206s a year. Schneider Electric supplied the automation devices and control and monitoring equipment for the body-in-white unit, paint shop and final assembly line. The package included around 130 Premium programmable logic controllers, 120 ATV 58 variable speed drives, 450 ASI motor starters, three Monitor Pro supervisors, 20 Masterpact switchboards and 1,200 meters of Canalis prefabricated busbar trunking.
    “We manufactured the Canalis busbar trunking on site, along with more than 60% of the equipment supplied,” says Gérard Prunault, Manager of the PSA Peugeot Citroën global strategic account. “The ¤3.8-million project allowed the Schneider Electric Brazil team to demonstrate the full range of its capabilities. We proved we could support our partners at all stages, from design and construction to customer service.”
    PSA Peugeot Citroën manufactures and markets a full lineup of cars, including the premium Peugeot 607 and Citroën C5 sedans. With 172,400 employees and 40 production plants worldwide, the company sold 2,815,700 vehicles in 2000, for sales of Euro 44.18 billion. It has been a Schneider Electric global strategic account since 1994 and is tracked worldwide by Schneider Global Business Development.