Area: 1,800,000 m²
Production: 258,258 vehicles, 9,000 luxury bodies (2018)
Models: Volkswagen Golf, Golf Variant, Golf Alltrack, Golf R Variant, Golf GTD Variant, bodies for Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus
Employees: About 8,000 (12/2018)
The Zwickau plant has an area of 1,800,000 m².
The Zwickau plant manufactures left- and right-hand-drive versions of the Golf, the Golf Variant, Golf Alltrack, Golf R Variant, Golf GTD Variant with front-wheel and 4Motion drive. In 2018, a total of 258,258 vehicles were produced. More than 5.8 million vehicles have left the production facilities since the foundation of the Zwickau plant. The plant also has centers for the production of special-order vehicles, natural gas racks and aluminum parts. In addition, Zwickau manufactures and paints body shells for the Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus. Up to 15 million pressed parts per year from the Zwickau press shop are delivered to VW plants worldwide.
Plant Manager Reinhard de Vries has been Managing Director of Technology and Logistics at Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH since 5 April 2018. He is a business graduate and logistics expert and has been working at Volkswagen since 1986. In 1998 he took over program planning and vehicle control at the Volkswagen plant in Emden. In 2001, he was appointed Head of Logistics and Production Control in Emden. He gained experience abroad as production manager in Curitiba (Brazil) and logistics manager in Bratislava (Slovakia). In 2005, de Vries returned to Germany and was responsible for plant logistics at the Braunschweig plant. Since 2010, de Vries has been working in Wolfsburg and has been responsible for the areas of industrial engineering, plant logistics and, most recently, production control and logistics for the Volkswagen brand.
The integration of environmental protection in all business and decision-making processes is a key element of strategic decisions at Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH. Production processes at the plants are continually optimized to ensure that production is as environmentally compatible as possible and to conserve natural resources. Efforts focus on the reduction of energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions at the plants. Other key elements are the reduction of production waste and industrial drinking water consumption.
Spacious environmental compensation areas and orchards have been established on and around the site of the Zwickau vehicle plant. Two streams near the plant have been restored to a near-natural condition over a length of 3.3 km and now offer ideal habitats for a wide variety of fauna. With its own compact cogeneration plant, a photovoltaic system and a dedicated energy park including a charging station for electric vehicles, energy systems at the Zwickau plant are in line with the principles of the Think Blue. Factory program. The vehicle plant is a member of Umweltallianz Sachsen (the Saxon Environmental Alliance). It has validated environmental, energy and quality management systems and is certified. It is included in the EMAS register and publishes an environmental declaration.
About Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH
The founding of Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH in December 1990 marked the launch of a project by Volkswagen AG to establish a competitive production facility for Volkswagen vehicles and engines in one of the most traditional regions of the German automotive industry. In addition to the temporary utilization of existing facilities at Zwickau and Chemnitz, which Volkswagen fully modernized, two new manufacturing facilities were built for vehicle and engine production.
The Transparent Factory in Dresden was built especially for the production of the Phaeton and was inaugurated in 2001. The Transparent Factory was merged with Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH in 2014.
Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH now includes the Zwickau vehicle plant, the Chemnitz engine plant and the Transparent Factory in Dresden. Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH now has about 10,300 employees (including Volkswagen Bildungsinstitut), thereof about 7.700 at the Zwickau plant. About 98 percent of the workforce are qualified and skilled workers or hold a qualification as master craftspeople or a university degree. The average age is about 44 and the share of women is about 11 percent.
Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Volkswagen Brand Board for the E-Mobility Division, is Speaker of the Management Board of Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH. Management also includes Dirk Coers (personnel and organization), Kai Siedlatzek (finance and controlling) and Reinhard de Vries (engineering and logistics).