Area: 196,170 m²
Production: 653,507 engines (12/2017)
Models: 4-cylinder diesel engines and main engine components
Employees: 1,274 (01/2018)
The Volkswagen Motor Polska Sp. z o.o. engine plant is located in Polkowice, in South-West Poland, about 100 km from the German border. The total area of the plant is about 196,000 square meters, of which an area of about 85,000 square meters is covered by production buildings.
Since the start of production at Polkowice in 1999, over 10 million diesel engines have been produced at the plant. Following pump-injector and common rail engines, production of the modular diesel system (MDB) engines started in 2013. In 2017, the plant produced a total of 653,507 engines for installation in models of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Audi, ŠKODA and SEAT brands. The production of the latest engine generation M(DB Evo) is to start in Polkowice in 2019 .
Volkswagen Motor Polska also manufactures engine components which are supplied to Volkswagen plants throughout the world, where they are assembled. These include cylinder heads, crankshafts, crankcases and connecting rods as well as the integrated valve gear module (iVM). The plant at Polkowice is one of the Volkswagen Group's most advanced engine plants.
Dirk Strümpfler (50) has been Managing Director of the Volkswagen Motor Polska engine plant in Polkowice since May 1, 2017. He is a trained toolmaker as well as holding a degree in mechanical engineering, is married and has two daughters. He started his career with Volkswagen in 1984 as a design engineer in the Toolmaking Department of the Brunswick plant. He then held a number of functions including project manager, assistant department manager and head of the mould making department.
Before Dirk Strümpfler took up his new position with Volkswagen Motor Polska, he had been Head of Toolmaking with Volkswagen Group Components. Under his leadership, the Toolmaking Department successfully implemented a large number of projects and became one of the innovation drivers in the Components division.
Since 2012, all the electric power required by the plant has been generated by local hydroelectric power plants. Thanks to the use of energy from renewable sources and waste heat recovery, the Volkswagen Motor Polska plant is almost a carbon-neutral plant. In 2017, the plant met all the environmental targets set within the framework of "Think Blue. Factory.".
Volkswagen Motor Polska was established on May 13, 1998. Production of pump-injector engines at the plant started in September 1999, one year after the foundation stone had been laid. Manufacturing depth was increased in February 2002 to include the production and machining of connecting rods, crankcases and crankshafts. Four-cylinder common rail diesel engines were added to the production range in 2008. Production of the pump-injector engines was discontinued in 2012. The start of production of the MDB engines in 2013 is the most important milestone in the history of the Polkowice plant.
To date, the Volkswagen Group has invested almost €600 million in the engine plant, which employs a total of 1,274 people.
In 2019, the Volkswagen Motor Polska plant in Polkowice is already to start production of the latest generation of diesel engines (MDB evo) and main components for these engines (including crankshafts, connecting rods, crankcases and cylinder heads).