We Make Allied – Building a Horizon™ with Nandor

We caught up with Nandor Gecsei from our production department and asked him about how we build the new Peugeot Rifter based Horizon™ models.

Quickfire Quiz

What’s your favourite film?

Forrest Gump.

What’s your favourite food?

My Mum’s homemade stuffed cabbage. It’s a Hungarian dish and I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Not the healthiest though!

Where do you love to go on holiday?

Back to Hungary to see my friends and family.

Have you got any hobbies?

I was a powerlifter when I was younger, and I still enjoy lifting weights. I also enjoy riding my motorbike.

When did you start working with Allied?

Two and a half years ago.

Where are you from?

The South East of Hungary. It is known as ‘the storm corner’ because there have been many invasions and revolutions in the region over the years.

How would you describe your job to others?

When someone asks me what I do I try and keep it simple and say I convert cars for wheelchair users.

Building a Horizon™

What did you notice first when you started at Allied?

When I started working here, I couldn’t believe the number of cars we made. It made me realize how many people needed wheelchair accessible vehicles. It also made me realize how many people we were helping.

What models have you worked on here at Allied?

I’ve worked on the Peugeot Partner based Horizon™, then the Ford Independence™ and now onto the new Peugeot Rifter Horizon™.

How do you find working with so many different people when you have changed lines?

I am really passionate about my work. Since I’ve worked here, I’ve met lots of different people from everywhere and I find a way to get along with them because they are passionate people too. In some ways that’s the story of my life, finding out how to work with all different people. Everyone has good and bad days, but we all get through them together.

How do you find working on the new Rifter based Horizon™ compared to the older Partner based Horizon™?

On the Partner line I worked on one stage only but on the Rifter line I have worked on five different stages. It means you get a much better view of the process and it makes the days more varied and interesting. It reminds me of the story of the five monkeys. Have you heard it?

No, I haven’t. Tell me more!

So, you make a big cage and hang a big bunch of bananas from the one of the top corners of the cage. You put sprinklers on the cage and a ladder with a sensor on it next to the bananas. When the sensor is activated the sprinklers will go off and soak the cage. If you put five monkeys in the cage, they will run to the ladder to get the bananas and the sprinklers will soak them. They might try this a few times, but they will eventually work out the connection and stop because they don’t want soaked. If you add another monkey it will run for the ladder to get to the bananas, but the others will stop it before it can get there because they don’t want soaked again. This means that monkey now knows not to touch the ladder but not why. Gradually you can add more monkeys and take away the originals and you will have a cage full of monkeys who won’t touch the ladders but who don’t know why and are frustrated. This is why it’s good for staff to see each part of the process like we do on the Rifter line. This way we all know why we do things the way we do and can suggest improvements because we know how they will affect the bigger picture.

I can see what you mean! Are there any other differences you’ve found between the Partner and Rifter based Horizon™ models?

The winch fitting was awkward in the Partner because you needed a different winch for left-hand drive and right-hand drive models but for the Rifter we can use the same winch for both. Another benefit is that we don’t have to remove the centre console on the Rifter that we had to on the Partner. This was difficult because it was not really designed to be easily taken out and put back.

Are there any quirks of working in production that you have noticed?

It is much easier to work with plastic in the summer. We remove the plastic panel on the tailgate to change the wiring and when the weather is warm it is easier to remove the plastic without breaking it. When the plastic is colder it becomes slightly more brittle and harder to remove without damaging.

Have you got any tips for anyone who wanted to work in production?

Always stay calm. By the time you lose your patience every tool becomes a hammer!

Nandor works in the production department at Allied. Nandor moves people and makes a difference to their lives.