To meet the high expectations of even the most critical clients, VDL Nedcar has an ultramodern Paint Shop. Here, the untrimmed body shells arriving from the Body Shop are cleaned, degreased and coated with a primer to ensure perfect adhesion of the water-based top coat.
Using an electrophoretic primer coating process in which the entire body shell is immersed in primer, corrosion-protection coating is applied to even the smallest cavities and the inside walls of the steel box sections. The seams on the inside and outside of the body are sealed for extra protection, and bitumen mats are fixed inside body panels to counteract noise and vibration. In total, four coats of paint are applied to each car. Our Paint Shop naturally complies with the stringent requirements imposed by environmental legislation.
The gleaming, untrimmed body shells arrive from the Paint Shop and are placed on a 1.5 kilometre-long assembly line. Depending on the individual requirements of each customer, the many highly trained specialists at VDL Nedcar, supported by robots, fit thousands of different parts on the body shell. Our Just-in-Time and Just-in-Sequence processes ensure that all these parts are delivered precisely at the right moment and at the right place.
At the end of the final assembly line, the cars are almost fully finished and ready for their driver. However, they are only allowed to leave the factory after a series of comprehensive inspections and functionality tests. All relevant data are subsequently stored for tracking and tracing. These data also help us in the continuous improvement of our organisation and processes that themselves represent the perfect combination of theory and practice learned from our Japanese and German partners.
When the cars have passed the many stringent tests, they are driven to the delivery yard. From here they are transported by road to the dealer showrooms. On balance, we only manufacture cars that have already been sold.