In the production unit known as the Body Shop, the various (sheet metal) parts are assembled into an unpainted body shell, in a combination of complex, highly automated production lines in which different body types can be produced in any order.
Floor pans, side walls, roof panels, doors, mudguards, boot lids and bonnets are brought together at just the right time, in just the right place, so that the body shell gradually takes shape.
Essential to the body building process are the various fastening technologies such as spot welding, laser welding, arc welding, seaming and glued and screwed joints. To guarantee the best possible quality and to satisfy the strict requirements imposed on dimensioning and body surface, we rely on high quality robot technology, automated transport systems, automatic quality control and measuring systems, as well as complex control and safety systems.
The Body Shop was entirely restructured in 2013 and is the most highly robotised production unit at VDL Nedcar. Around 50 fully automated production lines and robots cells encompassing more than 1,300 robots occupy a total floor area of 80,000 m2.