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SKODA AUTO produced more than 750,000 vehicles at its Czech plants in 2020 despite COVID-19 pandemic

Dr. Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Production and Logistics, explains: “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the necessary 39-day plant closure to ensure the best possible health protection for our employees, we were operating under enormously challenging conditions last year. Nevertheless, we managed to produce 753,013 vehicles at our Czech production sites – the result of an outstanding team effort. In addition, production of the ŠKODA ENYAQ iV was launched on schedule at our main plant in Mladá Boleslav. On this assembly line, we produce vehicles based on the modular electrification toolkit (MEB) and the modular transverse toolkit (MQB) side by side. This is the only concept of its kind in the entire Volkswagen Group.”

ŠKODA AUTO produced a total of around 480,000 vehicles from the FABIA, SCALA, OCTAVIA, OCTAVIA iV, KAMIQ, KAROQ and ENYAQ iV series at the Mladá Boleslav plant. ŠKODA AUTO invested around 29 million euros in a new processing line for the ultra-fine plasma coating of the cylinder crankcases used in the new EVO three-cylinder engines of the EA211 series.

The company accelerated the modernisation of the plant at this location last year: Since July 2020, ŠKODA AUTO has been using a robot to remove starter batteries from pallets and deliver them just-in-sequence to the production line.

In 2020, ŠKODA AUTO produced 470,000 units of the DQ200 automatic direct-shift gearbox, which is also used in models of other Volkswagen Group brands, at its component plant in Vrchlabí. At this state-of-the-art facility, ŠKODA AUTO is increasingly adopting Industry 4.0 technologies: to convert a production line, the car manufacturer used a ‘digital twin’ to run through all the processes and scenarios in advance with the help of digital simulations, while production at the site continued as normal. The Vrchlabí plant also set standards in terms of sustainability at the end of 2020: the component plant is the first ŠKODA AUTO manufacturing site in the world with CO2 neutral production.

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Jan 22, 2021 at 09:31

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