PSA Peugeot Citroen has announced that it is looking to step up production of its highly successful Peugeot 206 hatchback and new 206 SW derivative built at Ryton, near Coventry.
To satisfy current demand, production will need to increase to 230,000 vehicles next year - up 40,000 on 2001. To achieve this increase, the company will need to introduce a fourth shift at the plant and recruit an additional 700 employees.
This would strengthen PSA Peugeot Citroen's position as one of the largest volume car producers in the UK - second only to Nissan in Sunderland. Last year 51% of total production was exported.
Ryton currently works on a three-shift basis, seven days a week.
Discussions with trade unions representing both manual and staff employees regarding these plans were announced today, and it is hoped that increased production could begin from January 2003.
The Peugeot 206 was Europe's best selling vehicle in 2001, and is the most popular car in the UK for retail customers. Ryton is the only plant in the PSA Peugeot Citroen group to produce the 206 SW - a stylish new five-door model to be launched across Europe shortly.
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