VW India is expecting higher demand in both domestic and international markets this year and hence is gearing up to enhance the production capacity of its Chakan plant near Pune. The integrated manufacturing facility has a current production capacity of 1.3 lakh cars per annum while running on two shifts.
Andreas Lauermann, president, VW India, stated that the automaker is looking to increase the plant’s output by 15% as it looks to scale up its domestic sales with the help of the soon-to-be-launched Ameo and supply more cars to export markets too.
The additional output will be achieved by introducing 3rd shift operations at the plant and for this purpose the company has been hiring new workforce across levels and varying skill sets. Around 800 new employees have been hired. The total workforce is now over 4,000.
Last year, VW India produced 1,23,456 units and a majority of them were shipped out of the country. The plant recently celebrated 5th anniversary of export operations with over 1,85,000 cars sent overseas.
The plant currently manufactures the VW Polo, Vento and Skoda Rapid, while the sub-4m VW Ameo will join the lineup soon. The in-house powertrain plant manufactures the 1.5-litre TDi diesel motor.