Volkswagen Slovakia, a.s. produces vehicles, gearboxes and components at its plants in Bratislava and Martin. The Bratislava plant has an area of about 2,100,000 square meters. The Martin plant, located about 200 km from Bratislava, has a total area of 210,000 square meters.
The Bratislava plant produces vehicles and gearboxes. In 2020, a total of 309,348 vehicles rolled off the production line and 96,280 gearboxes were produced. The model range includes the Volkswagen Touareg, Volkswagen up!, Volkswagen e-up! and Audi, ŠKODA and Porsche models (Audi Q7, Audi Q8, Porsche Cayenne, Porsche Cayenne Coupé and ŠKODA KAROQ). The Martin plant produces components. In 2020, a total of 21,8 million components such as synchronization rings, flanged shafts and differential housings which are used in a variety of Volkswagen Group brands were produced.
On January 1, 2019, Dr. Oliver Grünberg became Chairman of the Board of Management & Member of the Board of Management, Production. Dr. Oliver Grünberg completed his studies in physics at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, where he also subsequently acquired a doctorate in engineering. Dr. Oliver Grünberg began to work for the Volkswagen concern in 1995 while still a doctoral student. From 2007 to 2009, he led the vehicle production area at the Volkswagen Group Rus plant in Kaluga, Russia. In 2010, he held the position of Managing Director and Director of Technical Affairs at ŠKODA AUTO India. In 2012, Dr. Grünberg took over responsibility for the project VGR-GAZ in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. From 2014 to 2017, he led the Planning Department of the ŠKODA AUTO brand in Mladá Boleslav. From there, in 2017, he again returned to Russia, where he up to now has worked as the Technical Director and Deputy General Director in the Volkswagen Group Rus in Kaluga.
History of Volkswagen Slovakia, a.s:
Volkswagen Bratislava s.r.o. was founded in 1991 as a joint venture of Volkswagen AG and Bratislavské automobilové závody, a. s. The production of the Passat Estate started the same year, followed by the production of the Golf and gearboxes in 1994. In 1998 the company became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group. The company was renamed Volkswagen Slovakia, a. s. in 1999. The Martin plant, where components for the group brands Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT and ŠKODA are produced, was opened in 2000.
Production of the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle of Volkswagen AG – the Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid – started in 2010. Production of the Volkswagen up! started in 2011. In 2013 the plant in Bratislava launched the first all-electric vehicle of the Volkswagen Group – the Volkswagen e-up! The year 2017 was characterized by growth for Volkswagen Slovakia. The plant area grew to more than 2,000,000 square meters. The third segment was opened for the full assembly of the latest Porsche Cayenne generation.
The 6-millionth vehicle was produced in 2020 and the company celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2021. In the same year, the Bratislava plant won one of the most renowned industrial competitions in Europe and achieved the title “Factory of the Year 2020” as the overall winner in the main category. In addition to the "Factory of the Year" award, the Bratislava plant was honored for the second time in a row with the title "TRANSFORMER OF THE YEAR" for the greatest progress in the transformation to efficiency and quality among all Volkswagen brand production sites.
Volkswagen Slovakia is one of the pillars of Slovak export and has invested more than 4.5 billion euros in Slovakia since it was founded.