Chevy Restructures Production Plant for Its New Corvette
Make Way for the C8 Corvette Stingray
Chevrolet will be temporarily closing its production plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, for thirteen weeks. The reason behind this is simple: to make way for preparations on the assembly line ahead of C8 Corvette production. Having studied logistics and supply chains in college, this is actually pretty cool for me to be able to write about some real world applications, and hopefully, you’ll find it just as interesting.
New assembly equipment is definitely needed; GM has been using some pieces of production equipment for the Corvette from as far as back as the 1980’s, while most of it was installed in 1997. New machinery is long overdue!
Along with new production facilities, a new production layout is in the plans as well. Exterior panel assembly is being brought closer to the paint for efficiency. Chevrolet will also be focusing more on quality control with the later C7s and the new 2019 C8. Production numbers are being decreased to 12 units per hour, down from 18 per hour. While this may sound like a negative thing, customers and potential buyers will surely appreciate a higher quality car.
The new C8 Chevrolet Corvette is due to be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January with sales due to commence in 2019 or realistically, late 2018. Until then, customers can still buy the 2018 C7 once production resumes in October.