Officially inaugurated on November 18, 1959, with the visit of President Juscelino Kubitschek, Anchieta was the first Volkswagen factory installed outside Germany. It is considered an industrial complex because it houses activities such as Stamping, Bodywork, Painting, Final Assembly, research center, planning and development of new products. Located at Km 23.5 of Via Anchieta in the city of São Bernardo do Campo (SP), 18 km from São Paulo, the Anchieta factory has a total area of 1.6 million m², of which 994 thousand
m² are of built area.
Since February 2006 Mário Rodrigues has been the director of vehicle production at the Anchieta plant. Rodrigues is an engineer graduated from the Instituto Superior Técnico of Lisbon. Before this role, since 2013, he was responsible for Volkswagen's unit in Pacheco, Argentina. Rodrigues joined the Volkswagen Group in 1994 in the areas of Stamping Process Engineering, Tooling and Assembly Maintenance Engineering. In Brazil, he had already served as manager of the Anchieta Bodywork, in 2006, and of the Process Engineering and Bodywork areas of São José dos Pinhais, between 2007 and 2013.
The plant counts with a workforce of around 8,000 people, produces the Volkswagen Saveiro, SaveiroCross, Polo and Virtus. More than 200,000 vehicles rolled off the assembly lines in 2019. Daily production amounts to about 753 vehicles.
Material movements and flow of goods
The Anchieta Plant receives parts from approximately 250 suppliers, handling 350 trucks per day, based on 2 shifts. The factory moves around 1,000 vehicles daily around the production plants. There are approximately 90 trucks per day in 2 shifts of operation in the movement and dispatch of vehicles.
Tool&Die unit is located at Anchieta plant and acts as an independent unit within Operations to Volkswagen Passenger Cars for VW-SAM and other client in the brans VW. From the design phase onwards, Tool&Dieis a strategic partner of Technical Development and Production. Key tasks include production feasibility assessments steel sheet body parts, the production of the tools required including introduction on production presses and the installation and commissioning of the systems in body production. The Tool&Dieunit includes two main sections: press toolmaking and plant body shop. Expertise in the press toolmaking section includes the production of press tools for cold stamping. The main emphasis in plant assembly is on the production of efficient, durable, highly automated production equipment for body shop , such as hemming and robot welding systems. Tool&Dieat Volkswagen is included at the Group Tool&Diein a world-wide network ensuring the trouble-free start of production at all the brand’s locations. Also ensuring the ´Best Practices´within the Marken-Network of all Tool & Dies on KonzernVW.
Environment – Marcio lima
The Anchieta plant has set an ambitious goal for reducing the environmental impact on production. By 2025, vehicles are expected to be produced almost 30% more efficiently than in 2010.
The measured figures are energy and water consumption, destination of waste in landfills, CO2 emissions and solvents.
A key aspect for the successful implementation of resource efficiency measures is the systematic exchange between specialists in the various disciplines. About 15 Think Blue ambassadors factory provide support to achieve the goals.
Another aspect is the exchange between production sites, in order to transfer appropriate optimization ideas between plants. Through software available on the intranet and shared worldwide, more than 240 environmental actions have been implemented at VWB factories to date.
To achieve greater savings potential, compressed air systems, cooling towers, wing ventilation systems and lighting systems must be comprehensively reviewed and optimized. Every year, the plant is monitored by internal and external audits and successfully certified in accordance with ISO 14001 and ISO 50001.
The Anchieta plant since 2016, through its electric energy contracts, guarantees that the energy supplied comes from renewable sources.Today the energy supplied for the production processes would be able to supply a city with approximately 82 thousand homes per month (approximate size of the city of Suzano-SP).
In addition, the plant has an online system for monitoring energy consumption, where it is possible to monitor the consumption of each process instantly.
The Anchieta plant is also certified in the energy management system (ISO 50.001), which proves the efficient use of energy and a plan for conservation and reduction of consumption.
Since 2010, more than 186 actions have been implemented to reduce energy consumption, which resulted in an economy that would be able to supply about 39 thousand homes per year.
Source: Statistical Yearbook of Electricity 2019 www.epe.gov.br
Anchieta Factory celebrated 60 years in 2019 and 14 million vehicles manufactured. The unity in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, has a history of pioneering and innovations. All over the world, it's recognized as the first Volkswagen plant built out of Germany. In Brazil, it is always remembered as the unit responsible for the production of iconic models of the brand, which have been part of the life of people from different generations. Those two informationsreflect the historic relevance of Volkswagen's Anchieta unit, located in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo, which celebrates today 60 years since its official inauguration, in November 18, 1959. The event was eternized by the classic picture of the Republic President, JuscelinoKubitschek, parading in the rear seat of a black Beetle Cabriolet, waving to the crowd, escorted by the presidents of German Volkswagen, Heinrich Nordhoff, and of the Brazilian branch, Friedrich Schultz-Wenk.
Besides the historic date, the Anchieta also celebrates the expressive mark of 14 million vehicles produced. The figures achieved in six decades show the importance of the factory, which begun to be built in 1956, entered production in 1957 and was officially inaugurated in 1959, becoming a reference and revolutionizing the Brazilian automotive segment. The Anchieta is considered a complete industrial complex for uniting activities as Stamping, Body Shop, Paint, Final Assembly, Research, Planning and New Products Development Center.