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Subframe production at the Kassel site is being discontinued. Instead, Ugur Kilic and his colleagues will manufacture body elements for the spare parts business.

Plant operator Ugur Kilic is looking forward to a new challenge in the Genuine Parts factory.

Subframes have characterized his professional life since he started at Volkswagen aged 17. Plant operator Ugur Kilic is one of those who produced the frames for the Polo platform at the Kassel plant. Kilic has now become a pioneer: in the Genuine Parts factory.
This is because, after 17 years, subframe production in Hall 2 is coming to an end. But no reason for Kilic to be melancholy – quite the opposite, in fact.

The 30-year-old, who has worked at ­Volkswagen for 13 years, is proud to have been involved in introducing innovations such as the driverless transport system or the very first laser welding system for ­subframes. “The first generation of ­subframes was a challenge for all of us back in the year 2000, because what was then the brand-new laser welding method only functioned when there was absolute component precision.”

The subframe supports the steering assembly in the front of the vehicle. The number of units for production has decreased considerably, which is why the frames will no longer be produced at the plant in Kassel, but outsourced instead. The production area is being dismantled, with new lines for the Genuine Parts factory taking its place. The switch is specified in the Pact for the Future. From the middle of next year, around 200 employees will be producing body elements in Kassel for the spare parts business – from hoods to doors to fenders.

For Kilic, the passion for new challenges takes priority. He and his team will soon start setting up the new plants. Consistent utilization of the full process chain from press plant to paintshop will ensure the body construction know-how amassed over almost six decades remains at the site and will continue to grow. This pleases Kilic, who was born in Istanbul, and now lives in North Hessen. He praises the Pact for the Future: “The Genuine Parts factory will secure our jobs in Hall 2.”

» With the Genuine Parts factory, we will be able to secure our jobs here in Hall 2. «