TOUR THE FACTORY WHERE BENTLEY HANDCRAFTS ITS LUXURY RIDES

WIRED | 7/27/2019 | Eric Adams
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Most automotive factories pride themselves on how quickly they can stamp out new cars. Last year, Volkswagen’s massive plant in Wolfsburg, Germany—the largest in the world—stamped out about 3,500 Golfs and Tiguans a day. That’s about two cars a minute, using robots, perpetual shift changes, and precisely choreographed, just-in-time parts delivery strategies from a global network of suppliers.

Five hundred miles west of Wolfsburg, Volkswagen’s UK-based, upscale cousin prefers slow cooker to cookie cutter. Bentley’s factory in Crewe, near Manchester, rolls out a relatively paltry 26 Continental GT coupes and Flying Spur sedans, 31 Bentayga SUVs, and five flagship Mulsannes each day. The factory is just as clean and efficient as any other, but it’s geared for the kind of carmaker that sends its workers into the world to find just the right cows for its leather interiors.

Crewe - Factory - Robot—a - Rig - Sleds

Though the Crewe factory employs just one robot—a rather disappointing rig that applies adhesive to windshields—it has automated sleds shuffling assemblies down...
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