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The Components Division Gets a Whole New Look

On January 1, 2019, the Volkswagen Group’s Components division will be setting up shop as an independent business unit. Board Member Thomas Schmall discussed this move with employees during the second component talk. The brand’s office in Wolfsburg provided the venue for Thomas to talk to executives, works councils and employees about the next steps in the strategy, with Group Connect being used to allow other employees from around the world to join in.

“We made the conscious decision to keep our employees
in the loop from a very early stage. We want them to join us on our journey, not least because this will help us to enhance our entrepreneurial attitude and approach. The lively discussion just shows how important it is to be open and transparent about such major decisions,” explains Thomas.

This restructuring of the Component division’s activities is an integral part of the Volkswagen Group’s strategy for the future, “TOGETHER – Strategy 2025.” Going forward, these activities will be consolidated within the Group’s Components division on a company-wide scale and made even more efficient. In-house expertise will also be systematically intensified and we will be pressing ahead with our transition toward e-mobility across the Group. In a bid to achieve these objectives, the business fields within Components will be strengthened and restructured. Management of the business fields will be centralized and operated on a location-independent basis in the future:

  • Engine and Casting: Herbert Steiner (former plant manager at Audi in Györ)
  • Gearbox and Electric Drive: Thorsten Jablonski (former plant manager in Kassel)
  • Chassis: Otto Joos (former plant manager in Braunschweig)
  • Seats: Volkswagen subsidiary Sitech
  • E-mobility: TBC

In other news: the Plastic business field will be incorporated into Vehicle Production and no longer form part of the Components division. The subject of e-mobility, on the other hand, will now play a much more central role within the Group’s Components division.

"Restructuring the Components division is an opportunity for us to remain a competitive force to be reckoned with."

The Chairs of the Works Councils for the plants in Wolfsburg (Bernd Osterloh), Kassel (Carsten Bätzold), Braunschweig (Uwe Fritsch) and Salzgitter (Dirk Windmüller) were also involved in the talks surrounding the Components division. Bernd Osterloh commented, “Restructuring the Components division is an opportunity for us to remain a competitive force to be reckoned with.”