Lippert Components opens factory in Italy
The start of this year saw the opening of Lippert Components' European headquarters, in San Casciano, Tuscany, in a 5400 square metre factory, which is now home to door production too.
“The cell doors and hatches are produced here, while the cabin doors are still produced at our Mirano factory," says Michele Checcucci, CEO of LCI RV Europe. “Two new loading and unloading bays have been opened and we have collaborated with our Lean Manufacturing consultants in the USA to create a workflow, with the aim of optimising production in line with the latest philosophy of simplification and waste reduction, and striving for perfection through continuous improvement.”
All of Metallarte's production has been moved into this new building, which features a single row of supporting pillars, ideal for space organisation and suitable for any form of production.
In line with the firm's US system already in place, the factory has been identified with a number. This is Plant 304. Project 2000 production (beds, supports and steps) remains at Plant 302 in Calenzano, STLA bed systems and table legs continue to be produced in Pontedera at Plant 307 and the RV Doors cabin doors are still produced in Mirano, at Plant 303.
The plant also boasts 1200 square metres of offices, home to both the production plant's technical management, and the LCI RV Europe management, administrative and sales teams.
Change is afoot for Lippert Components products - they will soon lose their brand denomination, and fall under the LCI brand. As part of the American multinational's plan to present itself as a recognised and easily identifiable supplier of components on the European RV market, the re-branding of the acquired companies is underway. As it has done previously on the overseas market, LCI has brought together all of its subsidiaries under a single brand. A process that has been slower in Europe, given that the Lippert Components brand was not well known across the continent. But now the time is ripe, in Europe too, to begin shifting the focus on to LCI, transforming historic brands into a product line (Project 2000 product line, STLA product line, Metallarte product line, etc). As a consequence, the logos will disappear on all products and accessory components, leaving only the Lippert Components brand.