Skövde, Sweden, is home to Volvo Cars’ engine plant, one of the most automated engine plants in the world. This is the site of machining for several engine components and final assembly of complete engines supplying the entire Volvo Group.
About two years prior to the launch of a new engine programme is also when development of the packaging concept for each individual engine component usually begins. The requirements specified for the flow from the subcontractor, handling and assembly prerequisites are taken into account as requirement specifications are developed in the form of primary metrics, cleanliness requirements, automation requirements, sensitivity, etc., which serve as the basis for selecting a packaging system.
Boxon Tech, a business area in the Boxon Group with a focus on unique packaging solutions for leading automotive manufacturers in Europe, managed this project with Volvo Cars. The concept is based on assessing the customer's supply chain from a holistic view and then developing injection moulded plastic packaging that serves either as a reusable system in contexts such as the inflows to an engine factory or as disposable packaging. These new solutions can reduce the need for standard packaging.
The advantage of working with Boxon is that we speak the same language. We maintain a good dialogue and they are highly knowledgeable about design and the way flows work, said Åke Axelsson, Volvo packaging engineer.