Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne today announced the addition of three new stamping presses to its Sterling Stamping Plant in Sterling Heights, MI. The expansion will enable the plant to supply parts for the next-generation Jeep Wrangler.
The announcement was made during a special event attended by Marchionne, UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell and the Sterling plant’s 700 employees. FCA first disclosed it would update the Sterling facility in July 2015, when it committed to a $166 million investment in the 51-year old plant.
The new presses consist of two extra-large High Speed Servo Tandem press lines and one large Servo Progressive press line. The state-of-the-art tandem press is flexible in the types of parts it can stamp and also allows for quick die changes. The servo press benefits from a programmable servo drive that enables variable ram speed and position.
Sterling press is one of the world’s largest stamping facilities at 3 million square feet and currently operates a total of 27 presses. With the recent investment, FCA says the site’s annual production capacity will increase by about 30 percent, from 62 million stampings annually to about 82 million.