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ECG expansion brings 150 new jobs

150 new jobs are being created at Engine Centre Gent (ECG), a division of the Swedish-based Volvo Motor Company. These employment opportunities are a direct result of the planned increase in production capacity at Volvo Cars Gent, where output is set to rise from 150,000 to 270,000 vehicles per annum.

Since 1995 the Engine Centre has been responsible for mounting certain parts onto engine blocks, prior to their delivery to the Volvo factory. With the introduction of a number of new Volvo models – the larger S60 and the replacements for the smaller S40 and V40 – the number of engine types and options will increase considerably. Because of the limited space available in the assembly plant, it is intended that ECG will now take over a further number of pre-assembly tasks on Volvo’s behalf.

Engine Centre currently employs 50 staff. The investment of 12 million euro in a new factory in the Gent harbour complex will allow this number to be increased to 200.

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14 March 2002

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