Volkswagen Opens New Plant in Ningbo, South Eastern China

Volkswagen Opens New Plant in Ningbo, South Eastern China 
WOLFSBURG, GERMANY and NINGBO, CHINA -- (Marketwired) -- 10/24/13 -- 


 
--  Production begins at Group's 105th plant worldwide and 16th factory in
    China
--  New production technology based on the Modular Transverse Toolkit
    (MQB)
--  Annual production capacity of 300,000 Volkswagen and SKODA models
--  5,700 new jobs

  
The Volkswagen Group is expanding its production capacity as planned
and thereby optimizing the capacity utilization of its production
network in China. Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of Volkswagen
Aktiengesellschaft, and Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann, Member of
Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft Board of Management and President and
CEO of Volkswagen Group China, were today joined by Hu Maoyuan,
Chairman of SAIC Motor Corporation Ltd., to inaugurate
Shanghai-Volkswagen's new plant in Ningbo, south eastern China. The
plant is designed for an annual production capacity of 300,000
vehicles. 
Prof. Dr. Winterkorn said: "This new, state-of-the-art factory is
further proof of the Volkswagen Group's comprehensive commitment in
China. Here in Ningbo and together with our partners, our pioneering
spirit is once again driving economic and technical progress in the
Chinese automotive industry. We are working hard to offer our
customers in China the best vehicles and most efficient technologies
-- engineered and made in China. For our Group brands, the Ningbo
plant also gives new momentum to tapping the full potential of the
huge market south and west of Shanghai." 
Prof. Dr. Heizmann added: "The construction period of less than two
years underscores the good cooperation with our Chinese partners.
With the new plant in Ningbo, we can now bring new and innovative
products based on the Modular Transverse Toolkit to our Chinese
customers even faster. Not only that -- Ningbo is one of the
Volkswagen Group's most environmentally compatible plants." 
The Ningbo plant located some 150 kilometers south of Anting (greater
Shanghai area) will create 5,700 new jobs. With its own press, body
and paint shops plus a final assembly unit, the plant has a total
annual capacity of 300,000 vehicles. Production gets underway with
the new SKODA Superb. Volkswagen and SKODA models based on the
Modular Transverse Toolkit will follow in the next stage. 
Volkswagen is setting new standards for sustainable,
resource-efficient automobile production in China. Advanced processes
coupled with measures to reduce energy consumption and emissions are
key elements in this strategy. For example, steam from the condensers
is used to heat water in Ningbo. Water consumption in the paint shop
is cut by 90 percent compared with conventional processes and annual
CO2 emissions are reduced by 15,000 tonnes.  
The Ningbo factory is Shanghai-Volkswagen's fifth vehicle plant. The
joint venture currently operates vehicle plants in Anting, Nanjing
and Yizheng, Jiangsu province. In addition, production at the plant
in Urumqi, Xinjiang region, commenced a few weeks ago. A further
plant in Changsha, south central China, is scheduled for completion
in 2015. 
China is the Volkswagen Group's largest sales market. In 2012, the
company and its partners Shanghai-Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen
delivered 2.81 million vehicles to customers in China. In the first
nine months of this year, deliveries rose some 18 percent compared
with the same prior-year period to 2.36 million vehicles. The
Volkswagen Group is aiming to expand annual production capacity to
approx. 4 million vehicles by 2018. 
Note: Text and photos are available from
www.volkswagen-media-services.com 
Volkswagen Group Communications 
Spokesperson Production and Plants 
Contact: Christoph Adomat 
Phone: +49 53 61/98 62 66 
Email: christoph.adomat@volkswagen.de 
www.volkswagenag.com  
Volkswagen Group China
Press & Communication 
Contact: Christoph Ludewig
Phone: +86 10 6531 / 3049
Mobile: +86 13 81 147 25 46 
Email: christoph.ludewig@volkswagen.com.cn 
 
 
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