Following the investment of R200-million in its Opel assembly plant in Struandale, Port Elizabeth, last year, the Delta Motor Corporation recently completed a R100-million paint shop project.

Following the investment of R200-million in its Opel assembly plant in Struandale, Port Elizabeth, last year, the Delta Motor Corporation recently completed a R100-million paint shop project.

Last year¡¦s investment resulted in an upgrade of Delta¡¦s production facilities and tooling for the new Opel Corsa range, which was launched in the fourth quarter of 2002. The latest capital expenditure was used to consolidate the company¡¦s two paint shops into one, modernised facility.

¡§Delta Motor Corporation is in a growth phase and we hope to capitalise on these advances,¡¨ said Delta Motor Corporation¡¦s Managing Director, Willie van Wyk. ¡§It¡¦s been our long term plan to inject capital resources into this assembly plant to not only maintain but to increase our product quality levels¡¨.

The new paint facility now services the entire Opel range, including the Opel Corsa utility and Isuzu KB ranges currently being assembled at Delta¡¦s Kempston Road Plant.

The new paint shop has increased capacity and incorporates automated exterior spray painting through the use of robots.

A new PVC underbody spray deck and the introduction of colour keyed primer coats, which are expected to improve quality and efficiency at the paint shop, are also among the new features.

An additional paint bank or storage facility ¡V a vertical, multi-level structure that accommodates up to 70 in-process vehicle bodies - has also been constructed. To capacitate the large increase in volume, the paint shop area is now operated on a double shift.

While the bulk of expenditure during the initial modernisation phase focussed on the procurement of specialised robotics and the tooling required for the new Corsa, another major feature of this investment was the construction of a 7 200 mƒU meter bulk warehouse.

In addition, a new medical centre, new locker and cloakroom facilities and new paint shop offices, had also been built.

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