Volkswagen laid the foundation stone for the new plant near Poznań in Poland, where the next generation Volkswagen Crafter will be built, with production scheduled for the second half of 2016.
“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 Leif Östling, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG with responsibility for Commercial Vehicles,
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 per cent of parts supplied to the Volkswagen plant in Poznań are from Polish companies.
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.