Volkswagen invests in automation for Emden, Hanover

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AK&M 15 October 2020 15:10

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands are working flat out on the transformation to the e-mobility era and the conversion of plants to e-mobility, as it was informed by the company Oct. 15.

The Volkswagen brand has now ordered more than 1,400 robots from Japanese manufacturer FANUC for its production facilities at Chattanooga (USA) and Emden. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has ordered a further 800 robots for its Hanover plant from ABB of Switzerland.

The robots are to be mainly used for body production and battery assembly. The three plants are currently being prepared for the production of electric cars using highly advanced facilities. From 2022, the ID.401 is to be produced at Chattanooga (USA) and Emden, while the model known under the show car name of ID. BUZZ02 is to roll off the production line at Hanover.

In total, the Group plans to invest €33 billion by 2024 with a view to becoming the world market leader in this sector.

Volkswagen AG is the largest car manufacturer in Europe, which combines such brands as Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, and SEAT. The Corporation's luxury car division includes Lamborghini, Bentley, and Bugatti. In 2009, Volkswagen acquired a 49.9% stake in Porsche AG, the merger with which was completed in 2010. The company produces trucks through the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles division, as well as the Scania brand. Volkswagen is headquartered in Wolfsburg.