Continental Motors Group (CMG) has chosen the city of Mobile, Alabama, USA for the first step of a three-year global investment plan to take its manufacturing, customer service and engineering infrastructure to the next level.
This first step will see a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and corporate office built at the Mobile Aeroplex, Brookley, thereby replacing the company’s current 11-building footprint with a single, state-of-the-art facility designed for lean manufacturing and office systems.
The company has spent the past year working with manufacturing experts, conducting benchmarking visits and planning an investment program that renews its commitment to not just assembling aviation piston engines, but also manufacturing the core parts that make the engines.
The new facility will be nearly 21,000 sq m with the majority being dedicated to advanced engine and parts manufacturing. The facility will be populated with new manufacturing equipment and include a special area designated for evaluation of new manufacturing techniques and processes, including additive manufacturing and automation.
“The current operation being spread throughout multiple buildings drives many challenges and inefficiencies”, explains Michael Skolnik, Executive Vice President Global Operations. “Continental Motors has been a big part of the local Mobile community for more than 50 years and is pleased with the community support that allows us to renew our commitment to the region and our great team members for many years to come.
“The ‘greenfield’ facility will modernize our manufacturing processes into a world class, high productivity, vertically integrated centre of manufacturing excellence in the new centre of aviation in Mobile, Alabama.”
Yet, building a new factory is only one part of the plan to transform Continental Motors and the way it designs, manufactures, certifies and supports products. CMG will build a new customer and technical service infrastructure and environment that will allow it to assist customers through phone, email and app support, regardless of their location in the world, 24/7/365.
Furthermore, Continental Motors will increase its capacity to develop new products and expand China market access with a new engineering and design service centre based in China.
“I am pleased to announce our commitment to our global team members and customers with a firm investment to modernize our facilities, products and support”, said Rhett Ross, President and CEO of Continental Motors Group.
Continental Motors will finish building design and equipment selection in 2017 and will move into its new North American facility in 2019.