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Wolfsburg vs Grünheide — Volkswagen is inspired by Tesla to revolutionize major manufacturing plants

Originally posted EVANNEX..
NS Charles Morris

Recently, Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess and VW brand chief Ralf Brandstätter have invited 120 top-level executives to the Wolfsburg headquarters for a crisis meeting. The two leaders announced the start of the “Battle with Grünheide”.

Grünheide is a town just outside Berlin, home to Tesla’s new German Gigafactory. But that’s just one of the threats facing Volkswagen and all legacy car makers. Two Chinese car makers — XPeng When NIO — Currently providing electric vehicles to European customers, VW’s challenge may also be referred to as the “confrontation with Shanghai”.

Tesla has become an axiom that is “more than an automobile company.” What many financial analysts don’t yet understand (but Herbert Diess and his team understand very well) is that Tesla’s threat to the legacy car industry is the fact that cars don’t use gas. It’s not just that. Tesla has revolutionized the vehicle development and manufacturing process. Compared to Tesla (and some Chinese automakers), VW is not only lagging behind its competitors in electrification, but also losing its position in productivity. Dís told the manager that without radical changes, VW would not be able to remain competitive and the Wolfsburg plant and its work (more than 63,000 as of 2018) could be at risk.

NS Business insider According to a report (in German), Dís and Brandstatter called on their top managers to be nothing more than a Wolfsburg revolution. “We have a lot of responsibility for this place,” said Dís. “We have to take part in a new competition.” In fact, this means a radical reconstruction of Wolfsburg’s main factory. BI It is characterized as “open heart surgery in Volkswagen”. To improve the efficiency of the production process, we will demolish the old factory building and build a new production hall.

The productivity gap is huge. When Gigafactory begins production of cars, which is expected to occur by the end of this year, it will set new standards for car production.according to BI, Tesla can build Model 3 in 10 hours. This is more than three times faster than VW builds ID.3. Zwickau EV Factory..

The future outlook for the Wolfsburg plant may be related to the Trinity project, a new EV scheduled for launch in 2026. [Wolfsburg] To bring the site to a new competitive level, even with new processes, the site needs to be revolutionized, “Dies told the military. “After all, it’s also about the work we have here. Mr. Dies, the board and employee representatives don’t decide on a job. Customers decide on this, and customers get more at a better price. Buy products that offer the quality and functionality of. That’s why you have to fight and attack without building a factory in Grunheide. kaputt.. “

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Wolfsburg vs Grünheide — Volkswagen is inspired by Tesla to revolutionize major manufacturing plants Wolfsburg vs Grünheide — Volkswagen is inspired by Tesla to revolutionize major manufacturing plants

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