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Chrysler’s Brampton plant achieves ISO 50001 certification

Achieved by electricity, natural gas cost cuts and an automated heating, ventilation system.


A Dodge Challenger R/T coming off the production line at Chrysler's Brampton Assembly Plant. ©Chrysler Group

A Dodge Challenger R/T coming off the production line at Chrysler’s Brampton Assembly Plant. ©Chrysler Group

WINDSOR, Ont. – Chrysler Group’s Brampton Assembly Plant (BAP) is the first automotive assembly plant in Canada to achieve ISO 50001: 2011 “Energy Management” standards certification by TÜV, an international certification organization.

Introduced in 2011, ISO 50001 includes globally recognized requirements for energy management systems, which are an important element of energy performance and greenhouse gas reduction.

The plant’s energy management efforts range from lighting control projects developed and implemented by plant electricians at an estimated annual electricity savings of $110,000, to investment in an automated heating and ventilation management system and scheduler that saves an estimated $2 million in annual electricity and natural gas costs, while also reducing excess negative exhaust by 1,200,000 cubic feet per minute.

The 2.95 million square-foot Brampton facility served as the automaker’s pilot plant for ISO 50001 certification among its North American manufacturing plants. The remaining plants are expected to be certified by the end of 2014.

The facility started production in 1987 and currently manufactures the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Challenger, and the Lancia Thema. It employs more than 3,200 workers on two shifts.

Brampton has also previously achieved ISO 9001 standards for quality and ISO 140001 for environmental management.

The automaker adopted World Class Manufacturing (WCM) as its operating system in 2009 as part of its alliance with Fiat.

First implemented by Fiat in 2006, WCM focuses on reducing waste, increasing productivity, and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way. It engages the workforce to provide and implement suggestions on how to improve their jobs and their plants.

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