GOTHENBURG - Volvo has halved the number of partsmakers to 150 on its new S80 sedan, compared with the 850 model introduced in 1991.
Eight companies occupy a supplier park next to Volvo's Arendal assembly plant. This park will eventually accommodate 15 partsmakers, which will dominate the supply of components and systems to future cars built on the S80's platform.
The eight companies in the Arendal park are:
Lear will supply the seats from its nearby Bengtsfors, Sweden, factory rather than from Arendal.
Other S80 suppliers include Autoliv (seat belts and airbags) and Hella (rear lights).
Raufoss will make 200,000 bumpers a year for Volvo, although the company has the capacity to make 500,000 units. Raufoss' new bumper was developed jointly with Volvo to absorb more energy in an impact than previous bumpers.
Raufoss also supplies other front-end components, such as the grille and parts of the hood, as well as wiring and the antenna. The companies that plan to move into the Arendal supplier park later include: AP Parts (exhaust parts), Valeo (radiators and lights), ITT (braking system) and Motorola (networked wiring).