After nearly 30 years of entering into the Middle Kingdom, Volkswagen will be launching a sustainable automobile production initiative at a cost of €9.8 billion by 2015. Volkswagen will be building seven new plants in China which include assembly and component factory plants. Considering the expansion workforce of the company is set to grow from 75,000 to 100,000 employees by 2018 while annual production will increase from present day 2.6 million to 4 million units.
Energy saving and environmentally friendly models will be developed locally by Shanghai-Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen joint ventures. The optimization of IC engines and introduction of a new powertrain are some of the other aspects the company will look forward to in the future. Sustainable automobile production will be achieved as these seven new plants have been designed to use 70% less energy and 90% less water due to an innovative mist separation technique to be used in the paint shops. At the Foshan facility, 100% of treated water is reused as industrial water while 88% of the waste is recycled thereby promoting healthy environment growth.
Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann, member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft with responsibility for China said, “For three decades, Volkswagen has been a reliable partner for the Chinese automobile industry. We will continue to assume responsibility for people and the environment in the future.”
Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, stated: “We will be launching the largest investment program in China’s automotive history.” He added, “At Volkswagen, we are convinced that climate protection and efficient technologies are drivers for economic growth. And I am confident that the world’s best automaker must take the lead in terms of green mobility, too.”