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This plant is specialised in the manufacture of light commercial vehicles.

Production (in units)2018
Master 396 346
Master Z.E.307
Nissan NV 4006 945
Autres39 021

BAckground

  • 1980: Creation of the Batilly plant. SOVAB becomes a general partnership (SNC) forming part of Renault (instead of Renault V.I.). Manufacturing of Master begins.
  • 1981: Manufacturing of Trafic begins.
  • 1987: Discontinuation of Trafic production (resumed in 1989).
  • 1994: SOVAB first Renault plant to achieve SQCA classification.
  • 1996: LCVs distribution partnership between Renault and General Motors Europe.
  • 2003: Manufacturing of Master rear wheel drive. 1 million manufactured vehicles. Manufacturing of the new Master begins.
  • 2006: SOVAB beats its production record with 123,202 vehicles manufactured in one year.
  • 2009: Discontinuation of the Master propulsion.
  • 2010: Production of the 1 050 101th Master X70. This is the end of 13 years of success. Launch of New Master X62.
  • 2011: New Master is elected VAN OF THE YEAR 2011.  Start of production of the  NV400 (X62 Nissan).
  • 2012: SOVAB confirms its environmental commitment and installs 43,000 solar panels (75,000 m2 – the equivalent of 11 football pitches).
  • 2013: The two millionth vehicle produced by the SOVAB left the workshops. €30 million were invested to modernise the site and improve working conditions.
  • 2014: Updating of the Master range with new design and new range of engines.
  • 2015: The site celebrated its 35th anniversary. Basketball champion Tony Parker came to pay tribute to employees’ expertise.
  • 2016: New production record : 132 825 vehicles. New company project, CAP+2018, and an ambition "Together, to become the best van factory in Europe"
  • 2017: In March, a visit by French Prime Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve.
  • 2018: Launch of the Master ZE and commercial launch of the Master in Korea; the factory is a test site for the carriage of parts in trucks running on natural gas for a greener transport industry.