BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - General Motors is creating standardized manufacturing equipment packages for assembly plants that can be tailored to local conditions.
The automaker has been trying to standardize its manufacturing equipment for about a decade. The strategy saves money, among other reasons, by allowing the company to buy equipment in higher volumes.
The plan will allow the company to save money with common equipment and tailor a plant to local conditions, said James Wiemels, general manager of GM's Metal Fabricating Division.
Wiemels, who had been vice president of global manufacturing process until the end of April, said that commonizing the ways GM designs and builds vehicles has been an important factor in the automaker's improved performance on quality and cost.