Honda Invests in Lean Production in Canada
Honda of Canada Manufacturing is investing $492 million to upgrade its paint shop in Alliston, Ontario, to build and paint models of the Civic and the CR-V. The company has operated the 700-acre Alliston facility since 1986. It includes two vehicle production plants, an engine plant and a stamping/forming plant. The improvements are expected to be completed by 2019 and will reduce emissions from the vehicle production and painting process by 44%. The investment includes $83.6 million from the province of Ontario and Canada’s federal government. Architect/Engineer IBI Group of Toronto designed the building to suit the process flow of the 200,000 vehicles that will go through the new paint shop each year. “The (3D) Revit model is being used to incorporate the process and to simulate the flow of vehicles inside the building,” says Alexandre Haddad, senior practice leader in IBI’s civic/industrial group. The new paint shop is expected to be open by next summer.