YIZHENG, Jiangsu – Shanghai-Volkswagen’s Yizheng plant officially started production on July 26, announced Jochem Heizmann, member of the board of management of Volkswagen AG responsible for China.
Heizmann, who gave the green light to the plan to set a new production facility in Yizheng in July 2010, underlined the strong cooperation with Chinese partners throughout the entire project for the new plant.
The Yizheng plant, located about 300 km to the northwest of Shanghai, will create approximately 3,700 new jobs in the region. With press, body and paint shops as well as a final assembly unit, the plant has a total capacity of about 300,000 vehicles per year.
In addition, a technical testing center, a training academy to provide initial and advanced training for employees and an energy center were constructed on the site, which has a total area of about 1.3 million square meters.
“With a construction period of two years, we are opening our new facility in Yizheng earlier than planned. This is one of the most environmentally friendly plants of the Volkswagen Group. “Heizmann said.
On the same day, the first Volkswagen Polo officially rolled off the assembly line at the new plant. As the second plant producing this model in China, Yizheng will make production considerably more flexible. It also plans to produce Škoda models here in the next stage.
By 2018, the Volkswagen Group intends to make its worldwide production 25 percent more environmentally compatible.
With new products in line with market requirements, Volkswagen Group China aims to increase annual production capacity to about 4 million units by 2018.