What does Busan do?
The Busan plant has a production capacity of around 300,000 vehicles/year. It conducts the pressing, body assembly, paintwork and final assembly of vehicles prior to their distribution across the network. The site also has an engine production unit and foundry.
The plant mainly builds vehicles in the Renault Samsung Motors range for the local market. These include the SM3 CE, SM3, SM5 and SM7 sedans and the QM5 crossover. Vehicles badged by Renault (Scala, Fluence, Latitude, Talisman and Koleos) and Nissan (Sunny, Almera) are intended for export.
In July 2012, the Renault-Nissan Alliance announced plans to invest US$160 million dollars in Korea to meet demand for the Nissan Rogue and accelerate the growth of Renault Samsung Motors. Production of this crossover is set to start in 2014, with an annual capacity of 80,000 units.
The plant is located in the south-eastern part of Korea. It is part of the Shinho regional industrial complex west of Busan, in an area reclaimed from the Nakdong estuary to the east.
To the south is the Namhae coast. The Namhae region is classed as a nature reserve with a protected ecosystem.
The Busan plant has been ISO 14001 certified since 2003 and has made respect for the environment a priority. The initiatives put in place to reduce the plant's ecological footprint include managing energy and water consumption, treating wastewater, cutting emissions of volatile organic compounds and recovering industrial waste.