Wolfsburg - Volkswagen's main plant in Wolfsburg is securing its future with increased productivity and high quality. At today's site symposium, the team presented the management board and works council with innovative ideas, concepts and solutions to equip its vehicle manufacturing and components even better for the future.
Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen brand, said, "The Wolfsburg plant serves as a role model in the worldwide production network of our brand. I'm therefore very pleased to see that the plant is becoming increasingly competitive. The 'Pact for the Future' is taking effect and delivering results. The team has set itself many new goals for this year. It's all about continuing to improve productivity and quality. This way, the plant can ensure maximum utilization and continue to stand for the production of top-quality vehicles and components in future."
Chair of the Works Council Bernd Osterloh remarked, "The symposium, which was conceived by the works council many years ago, is all about letting the different sites present their innovations directly to the management board and works council. Securing employment and creating new jobs is an important part of this. Right here in Wolfsburg, employees are constantly demonstrating how much we can achieve with a well-educated workforce."
Volkswagen Product Manager Dr. Andreas Tostmann said, "The Wolfsburg team has shown quite impressively that it is not only prepared for the challenges ahead in production and logistics, but that it is resolutely implementing the necessary changes for more productivity and greater competitiveness. This will secure the future of the site."
One of the challenges at the Wolfsburg site is the production launch of the Seat Tarraco SUV and the impending preparations for the production of the next Golf generation. The plant's Logistics department will expand the autonomous transport of goods following the motto, "Everything flows." More than 150 driverless transport system will gradually improve the flow of materials in the bodyshop and on the assembly line. A pilot project is also underway, in which a 4K camera will automatically scan material deliveries, and goods will be posted considerably more quickly and without errors through self-learning software. The system, which is currently unique within the company, has already won the Logistics Innovation Prize. At the symposium, HR Marketing presented its new "Recruiting Project Center," which will rapidly and flexibly recruit IT and digitalization experts in collaboration with the Digital Lab in Berlin. Series Analysis presented an innovative template, which visualizes the precise distance of the trunk lid by means of a spring pressure indicator during fitting in the bodywork. In contrast to the previous, simple template, which had to be frequently reapplied, the new optimized method delivers maximum accuracy within a much shorter time.
Site Manager Dr. Stefan Loth commented, "For the sake of our plant and its future, we want to drive forward our three core factors: productivity, quality and teamwork." In this vein, the processes in the production systems have been equipped for future challenges with around 400 workshops planned for 2018.
The component divisions, Plastics and Chassis in Wolfsburg, are preparing for the electromobility of the future with innovative products. For example, at the component symposium in Wolfsburg, the Plastics division presented a new, exceptionally light trunk lid for the next generation of electric vehicles: the Group's first ever plastic trunk lid. The Chassis division presented the drive shaft for e-vehicles, which will provide high performance in a compact space.
In addition to product innovations, both component divisions presented a variety of process innovations on the shop floor. Numerous great ideas from the team have helped both component divisions to meet and even exceed their efficiency targets as part of the Pact for the Future.
Component Manager Thomas Schmall remarked, "The Chassis and Plastics teams in Wolfsburg, managed by Martin Schmuck and Nico Brandenburg, have worked very hard to successfully increase efficiency and implement operational excellence on all levels. At the same time, they are actively shaping our transformation in electromobility with innovative products for our new e-vehicles."