Volkswagen Group has opened a factory in Września, Poland. This project cost EUR 800 million. The Września production site is by far the largest foreign investment to date in Poland with a volume of 800 million Euros for the construction and production facilities.
The most modern car factory in Europe was built in record-short time – 23 months.
The new factory takes up 220 ha piece of land. The factory’s yearly production capacity is planned to be 100,000 cars. At full capacity, the factory may produce approximately 376 cars every day. The factory employs around 3,000 people, mostly from Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia and other countries.
«Our redevelopment of the new Crafter and our newly constructed plant with an annual capacity of 100,000 units positions us better than ever in the growing market of large vans,» – said Andreas Renschler, CEO of Volkswagen Truck & Bus and member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG.
The new factory marks the beginning of cooperation between two car giants Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (Crafter) and MAN (TGE). Both are brands of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles concern.
Representatives of the company note that the buildings of the factory were designed to optimize electricity consumption and reduce loss of electricity. In addition, the factory also has a modern electricity consumption management regime to make sure it can be controlled on demand.
Body manufacturing process includes the use of modern laser-technologies with maximum efficiency. Compliance with the strictest quality standards is ensured by 437 next-generation robots. Roof reinforcement process includes the use of laser welding technology.
The paint process is especially resource-saving to reduce electricity, water and material consumption. Paint is automatically applied by 36 robots. Effective, quickly rotating sprayers and paint switchers ensure less paint is used in comparison with traditional systems. Paint rooms are fitted with EcoDryScrubber systems (to clean the air). This helps reduce electricity consumption by 60%. The process does not require water or chemicals, and it reduces the volume of escaping air from the room. To optimize electricity consumption on air conditioning, the factory also uses EcoSmart AC system. According to initial estimates suggest the volume of volatile organic compounds emissions of the new Crafter factory is 40% lower in comparison with the average border values in Poland and the EU, the manufacturer reports.