THE BRATISLAVA-based plant of German carmaker Volkswagen Slovakia (VW SK) has won the Lean & Green Efficiency Award, becoming the “leanest and greenest” car company in Europe, the company wrote in its press release.
Albrecht Reimold, VW SK CEO, received the award in the German city of Nürnberg on November 6.
“Being honoured with the Lean & Green Efficiency Award clearly shows that we are producing effectively … with respect to the environment and resources,” said Reimold during an auto industry conference on using resources effectively, at which the award was granted for the first time.
Lean manufacturing or production is an operational strategy derived from the Toyota Production System, and is geared towards eliminating waste and any activities at each stage of production that do not add value to the final product.
VW SK’s goal is to reduce its energy consumption, waste, CO2 emission and water consumption by 25 percent by 2018 when compared with 2010.
“Last year we were awarded the 2011 Lean Production Award,” said Reimold. “Thus participation in the competition for the Lean & Green Efficiency Award was a great challenge for us this year…. Winning this award is very encouraging for the future.”
VW SK has been producing cars in Slovakia for 21 years. It is one of the biggest exporters, investors and employers in Slovakia. It produces Volkswagen Touareg, Audi Q7, Volkswagen up!, Škoda Citigo and Seat Mii models as well as Porsche Cayenne car bodies and gearboxes.
In November it completed construction of a new €90-million press shop.