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China is one of the Asian countries that is a large market for car industry, especially the Volkswagen group. In order to make sure that the company can cater to the needs of its customers it has decided to open a new transmission plant in China. The presence of this plant will allow for the company to produce parts and influence the growth of economy in this region.

The new plant will be built in Tianjin in China and will ready by 2014. The plant will have a capacity of producing 450.000 units annually. Presence of this plant will also help to create job opportunities for 1500 people. The Volkswagen group has sold over 2.26 million units during the last year and has recorded an increase of 17.1 percent in deliveries during the first half of 2012.

“Our new transmission plant is further confirmation of the inseparable bond between China and Volkswagen. Tianjin will become a cornerstone of our Chinese production network and a driving force for the economy in the entire region”, said Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann, who heads VW’s newly-founded “China” operations group, during the founding stone ceremony.

On the other side of the world, in Berlin, Volkswagen will unveil their all new Golf Mk7 tomorrow. You can watch the unveiling live. Read the news release below for more information.

Auto News Release

World premiere of the new Volkswagen Golf

Technical information for TV media regarding satellite broadcast

Wolfsburg, 30 August 2012 – On 4. September 2012 the all new Volkswagen Golf will celebrate its world premiere in Berlin. A recording of the event in the Neue Nationalgalerie will be broadcast on Tuesday, 4. September 2012, at 22.00 h CEST (20.00 UTC), on the following frequency:

SD-Feed:

Satellite:  Eut3A – 7° East
Transponder:  F1 – Ch 3 / 9 MHz ku slot
Downlink frequency: 12.564,200 MHz
Polarisation:  horizontal (X)
Video standard: 625/PAL – 16:9 SD feed
Encoding:  MPEG2 / 4:2:2 / DVB-S / QPSK modulation
SR 6.6665 msym/sec
FEC 7/8 clear key
Audio:   Ch 1: Original event mix
Ch 2: English voice over

HD-Feed:

Satellite:  Eut3A – 7° East
Transponder:  F1 – Ch 1-2 / 18 MHz ku slot
Downlink frequency: 12.550,700 MHz
Polarisation:  horizontal (X)
Video standard: 1080i / 50 Hz – HD feed
Encoding:  MPEG2 / 4:2:2 / DVB-S2 / 8PSK modulation with 25% roll off
SR 14.400 msym/sec
FEC 3/4 clear key – pilot off
Audio:   Ch 1: Original event mix
Ch 2: English voice over

The broadcast is followed by a cut together of the highlights of the event.

All material will be available for downlink without copyright restrictions.

Should you experience any technical difficulties with the downlink, please call +49-170-5695085.

Contact on site:
D-SNG: Thomas Thöne, +49-171-7704012
Volkswagen: Lutz Ballentin,  +49-171-8793924

Volkswagen Group to build new transmission plant in China
Foundation stone laid in Tianjin in presence of Federal Minister Rösler

Production of state-of-the-art transmissions to begin at the end of 2014
Wolfsburg/Tianjin, 31 August 2012 – The Volkswagen Group is expanding its production network in China with a new transmission plant in Tianjin. Today’s foundation stone ceremony was attended by Dr. Philipp Rösler, the Federal Minister of Economics and Technology, He Lifeng, Deputy Party Secretary of Tianjin, and Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft and responsible for the newly-established Group function of ‘China’.

The plant in Tianjin is designed for an annual production capacity of 450,000 units. Over 1,500 new jobs are to be created at the new site. Investment in the first stage of the plant totals approx. €230 million. Production is scheduled to begin at the end of 2014. Tianjin is one of the largest cities in China and is located some 150 kilometers east of Beijing.

“Our new transmission plant is further confirmation of the inseparable bond between China and Volkswagen. Tianjin will become a cornerstone of our Chinese production network and a driving force for the economy in the entire region”, Heizmann said in Tianjin. Volkswagen is basing construction of the Tianjin plant on highest technical standards and focuses on the resource efficiency and environmental compatibility of production plant and methods.

Volkswagen will also be joining up with the best local vocational schools to set up a competence center for tooling technology in Tianjin to train teachers with a view to meeting demand for technically trained and specialized skilled employees in the medium term. This project includes the introduction of a dual vocational training program modeled on the German system.

The People’s Republic of China is the largest sales market for the Volkswagen Group. In 2011, the company delivered 2.26 million vehicles to customers in the country. In the first seven months of this year, deliveries rose by 17.1 percent to 1.51 million units.