Volkswagen Group Rus plant in Kaluga ranked among the best Volkswagen production facilities in the worldKaluga, March 23, 2021 – Volkswagen Group Rus plant in Kaluga has been ranked among the best Volkswagen brand plants in the world in terms of efficiency. The production site has demonstrated outstanding performance over the year, which has contributed to reduced time per vehicle production, increased accuracy of the manufacturing program, reduced operating costs and higher quality of production.
Kaluga plant was ranked second in the Transformer of the Year 2020 rating, just behind Volkswagen plant in Bratislava, despite the many challenges caused by coronavirus pandemic and related production downtime. Previously, in 2017 and 2018, the production site was ranked first and the best Volkswagen plant in terms of implementation of the brand's production strategy. In 2020, the plant marked a decrease in the production time per vehicle by 9% to 33.45 hours, as well as a decrease in the environmental load: emissions of volatile organic compounds decreased by 4.04% and waste was cut by 2.54%. In addition, gas and compressed air consumption during car production was reduced.
Stefan Depka, Technical Director of Volkswagen Group Rus, said: "The past year was a difficult one, and we had to constantly make complex and unconventional decisions in order not only to maintain quality and efficiency, but also to multiply the results we had achieved before. The coronavirus pandemic demonstrated how prepared we are for crisis situations and how stable our production processes are. For several years in a row, our Kaluga plant has held the top spot in the Transformer of the Year ranking, and 2020 was no exception due to our competent operating strategy in Russia and the talented work of our staff, ready to face any challenges.”
Volkswagen brand strategy Produce.Together is a commitment to lean, digital, global and networked production. There is also a local strategy "Poekhali 2025+" (Let’s Go 2025+) in Russia, according to which Volkswagen Group Rus plans not only to be the best employer and produce cars of the highest quality, but also to become the most efficient carmaker in Russia.