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Volkswagen unveils the new factory which will build the next gen Crafter

17 November 2014 #CV Sector #News #Van

News from Volkswagen: Volkswagen laid the foundation stone for the new plant in Września, near Poznań, where the next generation Volkswagen Crafter will be built, with production scheduled for the second half of 2016.

Dr Leif Östling, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG with responsibility for Commercial Vehicles, Dr Eckhard Scholz, Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Brand, and Jens Ocksen, Head of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Poznań, welcomed more than 200 guests to the event.

Among the guests who attended were Janusz Piechociński, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Economic Affairs of Poland, Marek Woźniak, Marshal of the Wielkopolska Voivodeship and his Excellency Archbishop Dr Stanisław Gądecki. The signed articles of association sealed in a ‘time capsule’ were placed together with the foundation stone.

“As a result of this investment, the work force of the Volkswagen Group in Poland will grow to over 16,000 employees in the next few years. This will increase the importance of Poland as an international automobile location,’” said Dr Östling.

The new plant will be built in Września, 30 miles east of Poznań. The building site covers an area of 220 hectares, which is equivalent to the size of more than 300 football fields. At present, the first construction work is under way to level and pave the site. The first vehicles will leave the assembly line in 2016.

“Today, we produce around 170,000 vehicles with almost 7,000 workers, not only for Poland but for the whole of Europe and beyond,’ said Dr Eckhard Scholz. ‘This makes Volkswagen Poznań the second pillar for the brand – after the main assembly plant in Hannover. In future, this pillar will provide more support and therefore the foundation stone is laid today in the literal sense of the word. By a new plant and by a new vehicle,’ continued Scholz.

The first Volkswagen Crafter vehicles will be delivered starting the second half of 2016. The new plant is planning to achieve an annual production capacity of up to 100,000 vehicles.

A modern paint shop will be built on the plant site as well as halls for body assembly, vehicle assembly and a supplier park with logistics areas.

Up to 3,000 employees will work in the new facility. Volkswagen’s investment will also help automotive suppliers create new jobs. At present, 40% of parts supplied to the Volkswagen plant in Poznań are from Polish companies.

Jens Ocksen, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Poznań, stressed the advantages which will result from locating the new plant in the vicinity of the existing plant in Poznań. This applies to production, logistics, and supplier companies, as well as to the recruitment of new skilled workers, “Września offers us the best economic, infrastructural and labour market conditions. Building the plant in Biełężyce, near Września, is a key element in implementing the strategic and global aims of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand,” said Ocksen.

Janusz Piechociński, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Economic Affairs, had this to say about the decision to locate the plant in Poland, “Locating the Volkswagen project in Poland is proof that Poland remains an attractive location for investment. The foundation stone ceremony today is also the start, I hope, of long-term prospects for local companies which can provide high-quality services.”

After the Volkswagen plant in Poznań-Antoninek, the new plant in Września will be the second production location of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Poland.

Volkswagen Poznań has been in existence for over 20 years. Here, the Volkswagen Caddy city delivery van and the Volkswagen Transporter have been built for the past 10 years for markets all over the world.

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