Details on Production of the New Volkswagen Caddy at the Poznań Factory Are Revealed

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, a Polish factory in Poznań, has undergone a significant upgrade and will soon begin mass production of the new-generation Volkswagen Caddy.

The expansion of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Poznan took more than 2 years. Now, the preparation for mass production of the new Caddy is almost complete. During the renovation, a new logistics warehouse was built, a body repair shop was expanded, and an enterprise design was changed.

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Dietmar Mnich, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Poznań and Poznań Plant Director:

We have concluded about 90% of the investment to prepare the factory to produce the latest car models, especially the new Caddy. The first vehicles for testing production processes are currently going through new facilities. We plan to start mass production in September and then to gradually increase the volume and finally reach full capacity in 2021.

Integration of production areas

The first stage of the factory's expansion was the integration of its two parts that were previously separated by a public road. Thanks to an active dialogue with the authorities, it became possible to integrate Smołdzinowska Road into the factory properties in January 2019 and thus to connect both parts on the same site.

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New logistics centre

The next stage was a new logistics center created with a storage area of 46,000 m2 for production of the Caddy and T6.1: engines, shock absorbers, side windows, door panels, bulkheads and fuel tanks. The close proximity of the warehouse to the production facility will enable to save up to 260 lorry trips between Poznań and Swarzędz.

Expansion of the body shop

The biggest financial and organizational challenge of the last 2 years was the expansion of the body shop. In addition to the new premises with a total area of more than 14,000 m2 and with a volume of 200,000 m3, Volkswagen Poznań invested primarily in modern technologies: 450 new multi-functional robots were installed for the production of the new Caddy bodies. They provide precise processing and welding of high-strength steel sheets. At the same time, the level of automation of the body shop will increase from 43% to 80%.

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New skills in production

The automation of the production processes also entails significant changes in the organization. «Along with technical progress, our employees have new requirements for qualification. The body design of the new Caddy requires significantly less manual labor, while the need to manage systems and machines increases almost three times. This is why we have conducted more than 1,800 training courses for the Poznań factory over the past two years, the aim of which is to retrain and then to upskill the team for new tasks,» says Jolanta Musielak, Member of the Board of Management for Human Resources and Administration.

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