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Inauguration ceremony for the new 8-speed automatic transmission 8HP50
The new 8-speed automatic transmission production line was inaugurated on October 10th in the presence of numerous guests on PUNCH Powerglide Strasbourg site.
The inauguration ceremony was held in the presence of Mr. Guido Dumarey, President of PUNCH Group, Dr. Hermann Becker, Executive Vice President of ZF Friedrichshafen, Mr. Stéphane Bouillon, Prefect of the Alsatian area, local politicians and representatives and many other guests together with the employees of PUNCH group.
In his opening speech, Guido Dumarey, President of PUNCH Group, said: “We’ve come a long way since the acquisition of the site in 2013! Today I am very happy to see how this company continues to develop, progress, grow and innovate thanks to everyone’s hard work. The investment made for this project is the tenth largest French industrial investment in 2013 and the largest one made by a French medium-sized company. This allows PUNCH Powerglide Strasbourg to be among the flagships of the French industry and this is a tremendous source of pride for the businessman that I am!”
Then, Mr. Arnaud Bailo, President of PUNCH Powerglide Strasbourg, stated: “the successful launch of this new generation 8-speed automatic transmission rewards the efforts of all PUNCH Powerglide Strasbourg’s employees. Our professionalism enables us to meet the requirements of the most demanding automotive manufacturers and to ensure a sustained growth of our company and its employment.” For his part, Dr. Hermann Becker, Executive Vice President of ZF Friedrichshafen, indicated: “Zf is very proud of the successful cooperation with PUNCH Powerglide Strasbourg. This project is an exemplary achievement of the European thinking and will be a tremendous opportunity for both Parties to share their experiences in the future.”
Moreover, all PPS employees and their families had the opportunity to visit the company during the Open Day on October 11th and to discover or rediscover the different production stages of an automatic transmission, especially by means of videos throughout the visit. During the Open Day almost 2,400 people enjoyed the program: photo exhibition, simulator cockpits, bouncy castle, souvenir photos, exhibition of vehicles from the BMW range, Alsatian and Belgian catering.