"Think Digital" at IZB in Allerpark
Even years are IZB years: the tenth International Suppliers Fair (IZB) organized by Wolfsburg AG will be taking place from October 16 to 18, 2018, in Wolfsburg’s Allerpark, and this year’s focus is "Think Digital." The exhibition space has been fully booked and the majority of the companies attending are involved in the field of electrics or electronics, making them more than familiar with one of the main topics of this year’s IZB. The IZB Conference has been kicking off the international industry get-together on the day before the official opening of the trade fair since 2008.
On Monday, October 15, speakers including Marco Philippi, Head of Strategy & Procurement at Volkswagen AG, will be discussing trends within the automotive sector as part of a specialist event on the "Digital Car Revolution." The key focal points of the event are set to include e-mobility, digitalization and fully autonomous driving.
"6xSally" at the Plant Forum
Vienna, Jerusalem, Warsaw – and now at the corporate archives forum at the Wolfsburg plant: visitors to the forum can see the video installation, entitled "6xSally: Perspectives and Identities – A Synoptic Portrait of ‘Hitler Youth Solomon’," from September 13 to November 9.
At the heart of the installation is Sally Perel, born in Peine. He survived the Nazi dictatorship with a hidden identity, and even used one to work in the former Volkswagen plant in Braunschweig as an apprentice. The 93-year-old witness to this period of modern history tells the moving story of his life for this multi-channel video installation, called "6xSally." Perel, who now lives in Israel, says, "It’s really something special for me to create something artistic in the middle of an automotive factory and that so many people working here would be interested in it."
Exciting Plant Tour for Star Athletes
The new additions to the Bundesliga soccer clubs VfL Wolfsburg, the VfL women’s team and the EHC Wolfsburg ice hockey team recently visited the main Volkswagen plant and were very impressed. After having lunch together at "Oasis," the company restaurant, the one-hour plant tour kicked off from the press shop, taking the visitors through to framing and the body shop to the "high point" in the Golf’s final assembly process in Hall 54. VfL coach Bruno Labbadia clearly enjoyed himself. "It was good for all of us to get a feeling of how the employees work together as a team to build the Golf, Touran and Tiguan," he said.
His players also came away from the plant tour with some lasting impressions. Midfielder Admir Mehmedi said, "It’s impressive to see that so many models are built to such a high quality standard in this huge factory. It’s a real team effort." Anna-Lena Stolze, striker for the formidable VfL women’s team, summed up the occasion by saying, "We were able to get a really good look at the entire production process. I was particularly fascinated by the machines and robots." EHC Managing Director Karl-Heinz Fliegauf added, "This visit was a great opportunity for the team to expand upon the already close relationship between Volkswagen and the Wolfsburg Grizzlys."
Those Who Bike Together Help Together
The Charity Bike Tour benefit, which is open to all Volkswagen employees, their friends and family, is entering the next round: the bike tour is being held for the second time at the Wolfsburg location on Saturday, September 15. Volunteers are also needed for the event to serve as marshals for the cyclists, to help with the other events on the day and to help set up beforehand and clean up afterwards. Anyone interested in volunteering should send an email to email@example.com.
Important info on the event: the bike tour will once again run through the plant and northern Wolfsburg. It will start at 10 am and the course is around 24 kilometers. An exciting program of events will kick off around 1 pm. The proceeds from this year’s event will go to Haus am Bernsteinsee, a non- profit organization that provides recreational experiences for families with children suffering from cancer. For more information, please visit the page on the Volkswagen portal under "Your commute."
Brandstätter Heads Business Operations
As of the beginning of August, Ralf Brandstätter is the new Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Volkswagen brand. In his newly created role, the 49-year-old will manage the business operations of the Volkswagen brand. He will also continue to be in charge of the brand's Procurement Management division as well. “Ralf Brandstätter has outstanding business skills and technical expertise,” says Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen. Brandstätter will “make a vital contribution to advancing the Volkswagen brand.”
The new COO knows Volkswagen from the ground up, having been trained here. In the 1980s, he qualified as a fitter at the Braunschweig plant. He then went on to study industrial engineering before returning to the company – to which he has remained loyal to this day.
Diess in Israel
On one of his first international business trips as CEO, Herbert Diess traveled to Israel. “Considering the special history it has with our company, it was my desire to visit Israel right at the start of my time as CEO,” says Diess during a meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.
During the meeting, a potential collaboration on innovative mobility services was also discussed. Prior to the meeting, Diess visited the Yad Vashem memorial. “It is our responsibility to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive, to remember the victims and to ensure that a catastrophe of this kind is never repeated,” said the CEO.
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