Year after year, Volkswagen produces millions of vehicles of outstanding quality with the highest levels of precision. The brand’s giant global production network runs like clockwork: some 70 different models as well as components such as engines, transmissions and steering systems that go into building them are manufactured at over 50 production locations in 14 countries. Apart from ensuring that production runs smoothly, efforts always focus on advances in productivity and on innovations such as big data, 3D printing or smart networking. The management and further development of Volkswagen’s global production network is one of the most complex tasks in the automotive industry.
TRANSFORM. FACTORY +
TRANSFORM. FACTORY+ transfers Volkswagen’s strategy for the future to production. The program ensures lean, digital and global collaboration in production, thus laying the groundwork for excellent high-volume production. In the first stage, core production will be restructured by 2020, bringing productivity increases of 25 percent. The factories will subsequently be made ready for e-mobility by 2025 and will have completed the fundamental transformation to a future-oriented production network by 2030. TRANSFORM. FACTORY+ thus paves the way for a sustainable and efficient future for Volkswagen’s global production network.
Think Blue. Factory
Think Blue. Factory is Volkswagen’s comprehensive, ambitious program for ecologically sustainable production. The company is implementing some 5,300 individual measures worldwide to reduce emissions, avoid waste and use resources such as water or power more efficiently. This is how the ecological compatibility of manufacturing vehicles and components is to be improved by 45 percent by 2025.
The Think Blue. Factory program is one example of the important role ecology and sustainability play in Volkswagen’s strategic orientation. There is also a financial upside to these measures: the program has already generated cost savings of €130 million since it was launched six years ago.