Wolfsburg plant is investing heavily in digital solutions
In just 2019, employees participated in 400 workshops on efficiency measures at the plant. The nearly 1,000 individual measures that resulted have mostly been implemented, and they have contributed toward accelerating processes and lowering costs. “When it comes to efficiency, we have made further progress despite some challenges in the past year,” said Andreas Tostmann, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand for Production and Logistics. “This is an accomplishment by the entire team which did excellent work here. I am very grateful to them.” Tostmann emphasised, however, that now is not the time to “slacken our efforts.”
Bernd Osterloh, Chairman of the Works Committee: The workforce at the main plant in Wolfsburg showed flexibility and top-notch performance in a difficult year. At the same time, they continually offered new ideas and proposals for improving production systems which boosted productivity. Volkswagen is also making huge investments in the Wolfsburg plant. These innovations by the workforce and investments open the door for new products. The team at the main plant is prepared for them.
The highlight is a production method that is unique in the global automotive industry: From now on, welds on car bodies at the plant will no longer be made manually with ultrasound, rather they will be automatically inspected by ultrasound, and the data will be transferred to an IT system in real time. Loth: “This represents a huge step for plant efficiency, and it is an excellent idea from the team.” After the project has been implemented, annual cost savings will be around three million euros.
Another measure that will save millions of euros is installation of doors and boot lids in vehicles by robots which is being implemented over the course of the year.
Feb 03, 2020 at 19:19