Digital, efficient showcase factory
As part of the conversion, the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau will be transformed into a digital, flexible and highly efficient showcase factory. This will entail the use of, for example, smart Industry 4.0 robots and driverless transport systems, which bring components to the assembly line in an entirely autonomous manner. In assembly, the degree of automation will increase nearly threefold. Altogether, Volkswagen will invest approximately €1.2 billion in the transformation of the Zwickau plant.
“The global automotive industry is undergoing a far-reaching structural change. We as the Volkswagen brand are actively promoting this transformation –also in order to create viable jobs for the future for our employees throughout the world,” said Thomas Ulbrich, the Board Member responsible for e-mobility at the Volkswagen brand. “The conversion of Zwickau to make it the number one e-site represents strong acknowledgment of Germany as an automobile production location. We will also ensure that it becomes a leader for electric cars and therefore solidify this position in the long run.”
Automobile manufacturing has a long tradition in Zwickau: The Zwickau-based company August Horch & Cie. Automobilbau AG began producing vehicles already over 100 years ago. Later on, Horch became Auto Union AG, which was ultimately the precursor of AUDI AG. Following the Turnaround in 1990 in Germany, Volkswagen returned to the region with the foundation of Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH. Today, approximately 7,700 are employed at the Zwickau site and last year they manufactured around 290,000 vehicles. With the MEB manufacturing, Zwickau will assume a trailblazing role regarding the introduction of this future technology starting in 2019. Thomas Ulbrich: “The Zwickau team has the know-how and passion required to build electric cars that offer the highest level of quality.”