HPE

HPE Automotores is the official representative of Mitsubishi Motors and Suzuki Vehicles brands in Brazil. The factory, located in Catalão, Goiás, has a 247,000-sq. m area, offers more than 2,500 direct and indirect jobs, and the producing capacity is more than 120,000 vehicles per year.

HPE

Opened in 1998, the factory promotes the regional development with pillars such as excellence in quality and sustainability, with the responsible use of water and proper disposal of solid waste.

HPE

The plant has a complete production infrastructure — welding (chassis and bodywork), anti-corrosion treatment, triple coating painting, engine manufacturing, assembly line, final inspection and shipping — and is capable of assembling up to 30 different models simultaneously..

HISTORY


Since its opening in 1998, the factory’s area has increased
from 14,000 sq. m to 247,000 sq. m, and has produced
more than half a million vehicles. More about this
successful history.

HISTORY

HISTORY

Since its opening in 1998, the factory’s area has increased from 14,000 sq. m to 247,000 sq. m, and has produced more than half a million vehicles. More about this successful history.

THE FACTORY


With a manufacturing capacity of over 120,000
vehicles per year
, the HPE factory in Catalão, Goiás, is ideal for
low and medium production volumes, especially of
high value-added models. Its modern facilities ensure the flexibility
to assemble up to 30 different models simultaneously. This
is due to the continual training of employees, who are
capable of performing various operations at
different manufacturing stages.

THE FACTORY

THE FACTORY


With a manufacturing capacity of over 120,000 vehicles per year, the HPE factory in Catalão, Goiás, is ideal for low and medium production volumes, especially of high value-added models. Its modern facilities ensure the flexibility to assemble up to 30 different models simultaneously. This is due to the continual training of employees, who are capable of performing various operations at different manufacturing stages.

Start of operation
1998

Start of operation.

m² of built-up and paved area
247,000

m² of built-up and paved area

Units per year
+28,000

Units per year

m² total area
1,210,000

m² total area

vehicles produced
+600,000

vehicles produced

ASSEMBLY WORKSHOP

ASSEMBLY
WORKSHOP


The area where body assembly and welding operations take place. In the workshop, steel sheets are cut to the specific dimensions of the parts that will form the vehicle. The parts are then spot-welded to up to 3,500 spots, and the doors, fenders and hood are assembled and tested.

PAINT
SHOP


The painting process is vital to ensure the car’s durability and good looks. In the Paint Shop, the body and chassis go through several stages: surface preparation, paint primer and e-coating, which offers corrosion protection. At the end of the cleaning and treatment processes, the body receives a second paint coat — the primer — and then receives another layer, comprised of the final color (base coat) and a clear coat for a gloss finish.

PAINT SHOP

ENGINE FACTORY

ENGINE
FACTORY

This is where the engines, transmissions and rolling chassis are assembled. After the powertrains are assembled, they are sent to the Final Assembly Workshop, where they are installed into the body and chassis of the vehicles.

FINAL
ASSEMBLY

When the bodies and chassis reach final assembly, the parts begin to be assembled into the vehicles. Once assembled, the vehicles undergo electrical testing, wheel alignment, headlight adjustment and ABS brake testing. Before being released for delivery, the vehicles undergo track and water tests, where specific components, such as the ABS brakes, are also tested. The car is only released and shipped to dealers if it passes the tests.

FINAL ASSEMBLY

ASSEMBLY WORKSHOP

ASSEMBLY
WORKSHOP

The painting process is vital to ensure the car’s durability and good looks. In the Paint Shop, the body and chassis go through several stages: surface preparation, paint primer and e-coating, which offers corrosion protection. At the end of the cleaning and treatment processes, the body receives a second coat of paint — the primer — and then receives another layer, comprised of the final color (base coat) and a clear coat for a gloss finish.

 

 

PAINT SHOP

PAINT
SHOP


The painting process is vital to ensure the car’s durability and good looks. In the Paint Shop, the body and chassis go through several stages: surface preparation, paint primer and e-coating, which offers corrosion protection. At the end of the cleaning and treatment processes, the body receives a second paint coat — the primer — and then receives another layer, comprised of the final color (base coat) and a clear coat for a gloss finish.

ENGINE FACTORY

ENGINE
FACTORY

This is where the engines, transmissions and rolling chassis are assembled. After the powertrains are assembled, they are sent to the Final Assembly Workshop, where they are installed into the body and chassis of the vehicles.

 

FINAL ASSEMBLY

FINAL
ASSEMBLY

When the bodies and chassis reach final assembly, the parts begin to be assembled into the vehicles. Once assembled, the vehicles undergo electrical testing, wheel alignment, headlight adjustment and ABS brake testing. Before being released for delivery, the vehicles undergo track and water tests, where specific components, such as the ABS brakes, are also tested. The car is only released and shipped to dealers if it passes the tests.