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Wolfsburg Wins Prestigious Award

The main plant scoops the Automotive Lean Production Award for the first time. The expert jury was particularly impressed by the location’s readiness for change.

The main Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg is well on its way to achieving greater productivity and efficiency with an exemplary pace of change. This was the assessment made by an independent panel of experts in its European competitive analysis to find the winner of the 2018 Lean Production Award. The prestigious international award for lean and agile production systems within the automotive industry has been presented to the Wolfsburg plant for the first time. It is awarded annually by the specialist publication “Automobil Produktion” in consultation with Agamus Consult. At Volkswagen Wolfsburg, the jury evaluated lean solutions at more than 50 stations in the pressing facility, body shop, paint shop, assembly line, logistics division, and relating to Industry 4.0.

Zero rework and highly productive

The Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg is consistently striving to achieve these challenging objectives

Improvements were spearheaded with passion and a real sense of motivation

The speed with which the Wolfsburg team has implemented a whole host of excellent solutions over the past 24 months is impressive

“The team is implementing changes at an exemplary pace.”

“The team really has earned this accolade. It employs various initiatives and works at an exemplary pace to implement necessary changes for boosting productivity and enhancing quality. This is something we need more than ever to safeguard the future of this location,” explains Head of Production Andreas Tostmann. He is also calling for “Wolfsburg [to be] the flagship plant for global production for our brand.” Plant Manager Stefan Loth describes the award as an “honor and clear recognition of the work of our team.” The award confirms that the Wolfsburg plant is certainly on the right track with the changes it has made.

The main Volkswagen plant focuses on matters of productivity, quality and team performance through its PQT strategy. Its aim is to create an increasingly more efficient volume production to strengthen the location’s position. With around 400 workshops this year alone, employees and managers alike are improving processes within the production system while also reducing production costs per vehicle through consistently excellent quality standards.

                              Andreas Tostmann,
Head of Production
                         for the Volkswagen Brand

The international Automotive Lean Production Award has been presented annually by the specialist publication “Automobil Produktion” and Agamus Consult GmbH since 2006. Around 80 European plants took part in the competitive analysis this year, with over 60 in the running for an award. Volkswagen Wolfsburg will be accepting the award as the best manufacturer at the Automotive Lean Production convention in Bremen, which is being held at the start of November. The local Mercedes plant will be hosting the event, having won the award last year. This is not the first time a Volkswagen location has won the award: the prize went to the Bratislava plant back in 2011.

What is the Lean Production Award?