Area: Bratislava: 2,100,000 m², Martin: 210,000 m²
Production: 361,776 vehicles about 281,740 gearboxes, about 33.3 million components (12/2017)
Models: Bratislava: Volkswagen Touareg, Volkswagen up!, Volkswagen e-up!, Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, SEAT Mii, ŠKODA Citigo, gearboxes (only assembly).
Martin: Gearbox and engine components
Employees: about 12.700 (06/2017) including about 850 in Martin
Management: Ralf Sacht
Volkswagen Slovakia, a.s. produces vehicles, gearboxes and components at its plants in Bratislava and Martin. The Bratislava plant has an area of about 2,100,000 square meters. The Martin plant, located about 200 km from Bratislava, has a total area of 210,000 square meters.
The Bratislava plant produces vehicles and gearboxes. In 2017, a total of 361,776 vehicles rolled off the production line and 281,740 gearboxes were produced. The model range includes the Volkswagen Touareg, Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid, Volkswagen up! and Volkswagen e-up! as well as models from Audi, ŠKODA , SEAT and Porsche (Audi Q7, ŠKODA Citigo, SEAT Mii and Porsche Cayenne). The Martin plant produces components. In 2017, a total of 33.3 million components such as synchronization rings, flanged shafts and differential housings which are used in a variety of Volkswagen Group brands were produced.
On February 1, 2016, Ralf Sacht became Chairman of the Board of Directors of Volkswagen Slovakia, a. s. He is also the board member for technology. The main focus of his worldwide activities is on start of production management throughout the Volkswagen Group, shaping start of production processes, product and process optimization and ensuring quality upon the start of production. Ralf Sacht started his career with Volkswagen in Wolfsburg in vehicle assembly in 1984 and has held a number of management positions. In 2003, he managed the pilot hall of Volkswagen Slovakia in Bratislava. One year later, he assumed responsibility for the start of production throughout the Group. In 2007, he became manager of the pilot hall of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand. From 2010 onwards, he headed the pre-series production centre of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand.
With its "Think Blue. Factory." initiative, the Volkswagen brand has set itself clear targets for the environmentally sustainable positioning of all its plants. By 2018, the aim is for all Volkswagen plants to become more environmentally compatible. Energy and water consumption, waste volumes and emissions at all plants are to be reduced by 25 percent.
Volkswagen Bratislava s.r.o. was founded in 1991 as a joint venture of Volkswagen AG and Bratislavské automobilové závody, a. s. The production of the Passat Estate started the same year, followed by the production of the Golf and gearboxes in 1994. In 1998 the company became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group. The company was renamed Volkswagen Slovakia, a. s. in 1999. The Martin plant, where components for the group brands Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT and ŠKODA are produced, was opened in 2000, followed by the Košice facility in 2004.
Production of the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle of Volkswagen AG – the Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid – started in 2010. Production of the Volkswagen up!, ŠKODA Citigo and SEAT Mii started in 2011. In 2013 the plant in Bratislava launched the first all-electric vehicle of the Volkswagen Group – the Volkswagen e-up! In 2014, Volkswagen Slovakia had already produced 4 million vehicles and the plant in Bratislava celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016. The year 2017 was characterized by growth for Volkswagen Slovakia. The plant area grew to more than 2,000,000 square meters. The third segment was opened for the full assembly of the latest Porsche Cayenne generation. The five-millionth vehicle was produced in the summer of 2017.