This would reduce expenses per vehicle (1.5 hours less by the end of 2020) for reworking and manufacturing.
“We aim for leaner and uniform processes”
With 27 production sites in 12 countries, Volkswagen is pursuing global standardization. “We aim for leaner and uniform processes in order to become an efficiency lever for the Volkswagen brand. The issue of efficiency is particularly important, as it takes into account indirect processes as well,” Tostmann explained. Production networks can thereby learn from one another and successful measures can be rolled out site-wide – that saves development effort and costs. To ensure that ramp-up management runs a smoothly as possible, employees will be trained earlier for ramp-ups in the future. Development of the Modular Transverse Toolkit (MQB) also plays a key role here: It allows Volkswagen to shift production to new models without major adjustments to tools and equipment.
Wolfsburg plant to set the standard
The Volkswagen plant is the largest site in the international production network, and has declared one goal: In the future, the main plant and heart of the Volkswagen brand will set the standard when it comes to increasing productivity. At the site symposium 2019, plant management and employees presented the Board of Management and Works Council the sweeping measures for boosting productivity at the Wolfsburg plant. As agreed in the Pact for the Future, Volkswagen is targeting a 25 percent increase in productivity at the Wolfsburg plant during the period from 2016 to 2020. “In the past months, we hat analyzed more than 400 workshops and approximately 700 works steps to leverage the remaining efficiency reserves. In total, we have identified an optimization potential of around €186 million. We aim to achieve this by 2020 through reducing the number of work steps and creating leaner and uniform processes and best practice solutions. It is our goal to make the Volkswagen brand the benchmark for the international production network,” said Dr. Stefan Loth, plant director at Volkswagen Wolfsburg.