Top officials and members of the board of Volkswagen Group were present at the opening ceremony of a new production plant in Yisheng, Eastern China. Recognizing the need of a growing market, Volkswagen has set up a new plant from where production of Volkswagen Polo will be undertaken. This new plant with an annual capacity of 300,000 vehicles has been under construction for the past two years and is finally complete and ready for production activities to commence. What is even more noteworthy is the fact that this plant is slated to be one of the most environmentally compatible plants of Volkswagen due to usage of advanced technologies, up to date production processes and sophisticated means of assembly.
This is the second VW plant in China which is located at a distance of 300 kms from North West Shanghai. The plant will offer employment to 3700 employees in the region and will include a press, body, paint shop and assembly unit. Besides production activities, technical testing centre and training academy for offering training and guidance to new employees will also be present at the site which covers an area of 1.3 million sq.mtrs.
Volkswagen China delivered 1.30 million vehicles in the first half of 2012. In the period January to June 2012 deliveries by VW Group along with two joint ventures Shanghai Volkswagen and FAW Volkswagen increased by 1`7.5%. It is the company’s endeavor to increase production capacity to 4 million units in the coming five years.
News release: Volkswagen opens new vehicle plant in China
Production of Volkswagen Polo starts in Yizheng
New plant sets environmental standards
The Volkswagen Group is creating new capacities in the growing market of China. Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, who is to be responsible for the new “China” Board of Management function, and Dr. Michael Macht, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG responsible for Group production, today inaugurated the new plant of Shanghai Volkswagen (SVW) in Yizheng, Eastern China, together with Hu Maoyuan, Chairman of SAIC Motor Corporation Ltd. The plant is designed for an annual production capacity of 300,000 vehicles.
Heizmann, who already gave the green light for the new plant in July 2010, underlined the good cooperation with the Chinese partners throughout the entire project for the new plant. “With a construction period of two years, we are even opening our new facility in Yizheng earlier than planned. This is one of the most environmentally compatible plants of the Volkswagen Group. With advanced technologies and new production processes, we intend to continue to play an instrumental role in the future of China as an automobile country,” Heizmann continued.
Together with Hu Maoyuan (SAIC) and representatives of the government of Jiangsu Province, Heizmann started production of the Volkswagen Polo today. As the second plant producing this model in China, Yizheng will make production considerably more flexible. It is also planned to produce ŠKODA models here in the next stage.
Yizheng plant, located about 300 km to the North-West of Shanghai, will create about 3,700 new jobs in the region. With press, body and paint shops as well as a final assembly unit, the plant has a total capacity of about 300,000 vehicles per year. In addition, a technical testing centre, a training academy to provide initial and advanced training for employees and en energy centre were constructed on the site, which has a total area of about 1.3 million square meters.
Yizheng works to the highest painting standards and uses geothermal energy for the heating and cooling of the factory halls. For recharging transfer trucks at the plant and as well as employees’ e-bikes, solar panels are used throughout the plant. Volkswagen is therefore setting new standards for sustainable, resource-efficient automobile production in China. By 2018, the Volkswagen Group intends to make its worldwide production 25 percent more environmentally compatible. Advanced production processes coupled with measures to reduce energy consumption are the key elements in this strategy.
The People’s Republic of China is the Volkswagen Group’s largest sales market. In 2011, Volkswagen delivered 2.26 million vehicles to customers in China. In the first half of 2012, deliveries rose by 17.5 percent to about 1.30 million units. With new products in line with market requirements, the objective of Volkswagen Group China is to increase annual production capacity to about four million units by 2018.