Located in the central region of São Paulo state, São Carlos factory is the only one in Brazil responsible for components production. In this unity are manufactured all the engines for the internal market. The factory also export EA211 1.4l TSI engine version to Mexico to equip models for the North America market. Since 2016, São Carlos is also responsible for the crankshaft production.
Since February 2020, Cesar Drazul is the Plant Manager at São Carlos unity. He started his career in Volkswagen Argentina in 1990, at MQ 250 unity as a quality assurance analyst. He worked as coordinator and supervisor of MQ 250 production and as a maintenance manager of MQ 200. He has been working at São Carlos unity since 2018.
São Carlos unity produces the EA211 engines family in the versions: 1.0l MPI, 1.6l MPI, 1.0l TSI and 1.4l TSI, that are used in T-Cross, Polo, Virtus, up!, cross up!, Gol, Voyage, Saveiro Cross, Jetta, Tiguan e Audi A3 models. At São Carlos, is also manufactured the EA111 1.6l, that equip the models Gol, Fox, Voyage and Saveiro. For the internal market, 100% of the products receive the Total Flex fuel technology. Since 1996, the plant produced 12 million engines at São Carlos plant. Daily production amounts to about 2,500 engines.
Material movements and flow of goods
Every day, around 10 trucks and 7 containers leave the São Carlos plant to the others Brazilian factories and to Mexico. Every day, to Anchietaplant are sent around 730 engines; 775 to Taubatéand 413 to São José dos Pinhais; to Mexico, around 600 engines leaves the factory daily.
The unity has around 980 incoming deliveries of part numbers and 111 suppliers. From this total, 82 are local suppliers.
São Carlos plant has stood out in the Volkswagen Group and among companies in the region for its work in the environmental area and for projects focused on sustainability. Designed to produce with the same quality as the best European industries, São Carlos was the first plant of the Volkswagen Group, outside Europe, to earn the ISO 14.001 environmental certificate, in 1997, and became a reference in environmental management for other units in America southern.
The unit has the largest green area among Volkswagen do Brazil factories, with a total of 746,000 m². It has 18.6 hectares of legal reserve area, with preservation of the Cerradobiome, with the reforestation of native forest as one of the permanent sustainable practices aimed at environmental preservation.
In 2019, rreceived further recognition for its efficiency in the use of energy (electric / natural gas / diesel) by achieving the ISO 50001: 2011 certification of its SGE (Energy Management System), which aims to continuously improve energy performance, contributing to the reduction of energy consumption and carbon emissions.
São Carlos plantstartedits activitiesin 1996 andsincethenhasbeenachievingimportant milestones. In 1999, produced the first turbo engine in Brazil , in 2003 was responsible for the production of the first 1.0l engine with Total Flex technology in Brazil.
In 2012 implemented a new block machining line and increased production capacity; in 2013 inaugurated a new production building responsible for manufacturing the EA211 family. In 2015, started the production of the first 1.0l TSI Total Flex produced in Brazil, with investments of R$ 460 million.
São Carlos unity is one of most important component factory of Volkswagen Group. With high technology process, has a important presence in the external market; exporting EA211 engine blocks (2015); crankshaft (2018) and cylinder head (2019) to the Chemnitz plant, in Germany. Since 2017, has a contract with Mexico, to where are send EA211 1.4l TSI engines.