Investments and training
For the production of the new Polo and Virtus, the Anchieta plant in São Bernardo do Campo (State of Sao Paulo) received new equipment and technologies in all stages of the production process. In total, almost 700 million Euros have been invested in developing and producing the new models. Among the highlights, 214 new stamping tools were built and 373 robots were installed in the body shop area. "In production, everyone worked extremely motivated and engaged, as a team!" addsJosé Lopes, cell leader of Final Assembly
The new industrial facilities were developed under the industry 4.0 concept. It creates intelligent, connected and flexible processes, with productivity as one of the main results. The mission relied on the work of hundreds of employees from all areas of the company. The big challenge was to develop a totally new and highly technological one, almost simultaneously with the factories of Pamplona (Spain) and Uitenhage (South Africa). Countless tasks and challenges have been solved successfully!
In order to achieve excellence in new technologies, more than 100 employees from the areas of production, quality control, and manufacturing engineering were trained in Pamplona, Wolfsburg, and Setúbal (Portugal). Some went to China and South Korea, where they accompanied tooling suppliers.
Wilson Zatti, project manager, for the modular strategy explains the process of the months behind him: "Several areas of Volkswagen do Brasil have joined themselves and the employees worked together as a single team. Everyone believed that it was possible and we were able to meet the planned start of production."
Meanwhile, in Brazil, line operators worked directly in the construction of prototypes of the new Polo, in prototype engineering and central planing. Whenever they have returned, from abroad or from another area, they have multiplied knowledge. All the work was closely followed and received support from the Headquarters.