Volkswagen Group Launches Environmental Initiative in China

Volkswagen Group Launches Environmental Initiative in China 
SHANGHAI, CHINA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/19/13 -- 

--  Largest investment program in China's automotive industry
--  More than two thirds of EUR 9.8 billion to be invested by 2015 in
    low-consumption models and sustainable production
--  Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn: "Climate protection is a driver for
    economic growth"
--  Group sets environmental standards with new plants
--  Employee numbers to grow by 25,000 to more than 100,000 in 2018

30 years after entering the Chinese market, the Volkswagen Group is
starting a new phase of sustainable growth. In the course of
expanding production capacities, the two Chinese joint ventures of
the Volkswagen Group will be investing more than EUR 9.8 billion by
2015; investments in highly efficient products and
resource-conserving production will account for more than two thirds
of this figure. Before the Shanghai Motor Show, the Chairman of the
Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, Prof. Dr.
Martin Winterkorn, stated: "We will be launching the largest
investment program in China's automotive history."  
Winterkorn: "At Volkswagen, we are convinced that climate protection
and efficient technologies are drivers for economic growth. And I am
confident that the world's best automaker must take the lead in terms
of green mobility, too." China will play a key role in achieving the
ambitious goals of the Volkswagen Group. The Group is building seven
new plants in China. Five of these plants are already due to start
production this year: the Urumqi, Foshan and Ningbo vehicle assembly
plants as well as component facilities at Changchun and Foshan. By
2018, the workforce is to increase from 75,000 to 100,000 people.
Annual production capacity is set to grow from the present figure of
2.6 million to more than 4 million units per year in 2018, with a
view to relieving the burden on existing plants in a growing market.  
The member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen
Aktiengesellschaft with responsibility for China, Prof. Dr. Jochem
Heizmann, gave more precise details of the electro-mobility strategy
tailored to the needs of the Chinese market. He said that it was
planned to offer vehicles with an electrified powertrain from
2014/2015. Some of these vehicles would be produced locally by the
joint ventures Shanghai-Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen.  
Heizmann underscored that 26 models of the group had already been
recognized as especially energy-saving and environmentally compatible
by the state. Volkswagen had already reduced the fuel consumption of
its fleet in China, currently including more than 70 models, by 20
percent between 2005 and 2010. A further reduction of 11 percent was
planned by 2015. Volkswagen complies with the fleet consumption
legislation which has been in force in China since 2012 and will take
further measures to achieve ambitious reductions in fleet consumption
over the next few years. Among other things, this will include
further optimization of the efficiency of internal combustion engines
as well as the introduction of alternative powertrain technology. The
intensive development of local research and development competence
will also play a role in this context.  
The seven new plants will set new standards for sustainable
automobile production. The new paint shops which are planned alone
will use 70% less energy and 90% less water as a result of the
introduction of highly innovative dry paint mist separation
processes. The first paint shop of this type in Asia and the second
in the world was commissioned in Chengdu in 2011. Six others are now
already in operation or in the pipeline.  
The Foshan facility was the first car factory in China to receive a
Triple-Star Green Building Award, the highest state award available
for environmentally compatible factory design. Foshan features the
first membrane bioreactor in the Chinese automobile industry; 100
percent of treated wastewater is reused as industrial water. 88
percent of the waste and packaging material from the production
process is recycled.  
"For three decades, Volkswagen has been a reliable partner for the
Chinese automobile industry. We will continue to assume
responsibility for people and the environment in the future," said
Heizmann. He added that this included the function of Volkswagen in
setting an example as a top employer and a pioneer of the dual
training system as well as a comprehensive commitment to vocational
and advanced training. Heizmann said that the Group would be
continuing its long-term education programs "Green Future
Environmental Education Initiative" and "Volkswagen Road Safety TV
Volkswagen Group Communications 
Spokesperson, Environment and Sustainability 
Stefan Ernst 
Phone: +49 (0) 5361 / 9-86267 
Fax: +49 (0) 5361 / 9-74629 
Volkswagen Group China 
Director CEO Communications PR & Communications 
Dr. Christoph Ludewig 
Phone: +86 10 6531 3049 
Mobile : +86 138 1147 2546 
Fax: +86 10 8532 2325 
Email : 
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