Volvo—Ghent: A Third Way?

  • Rik Huys
  • Geert Van Hootegem

Abstract

Although Belgium is by far the largest automobile assembler per capita in the world, the five car assembly plants [1] located in Belgium enjoy scant attention within international literature on the organisation of work. Volvo’s major assembly plant of the 850-model in Ghent is probably the one most often referred to, because of the widespread interest in Volvo’s production concepts. In such references, the Ghent plant is described as a traditional Fordist plant. One of its features is that “the assembly line regime was never questioned at Volvo’s car factory in Ghent”, as Berggren (1992, p. 14) correctly states.

Keywords

Welding Europe Transportation Titan Production Line 

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© Jean-Pierre Durand, Paul Stewart and Juan José Castillo 1999

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  • Rik Huys
  • Geert Van Hootegem

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