Volkswagen Slovakia (VW SK) officially opened the extension of its production premises for the production of Porsche cars in Bratislava on December 15. The carmaker invested almost €800 million into a brand new body shop, assembly hall, test track and modern technologies allowing the Bratislava plant to produce complete Porsche Cayenne vehicles.
The Porsche Cayenne model has been produced exclusively in the Bratislava plant since September.
Ralf Sacht, VW SK managing board chairman and member of the board for technology, emphasised at the ceremony that the plant’s main task at the moment is to focus intensely on producing the new Porsche Cayenne so that the models are manufactured at the highest quality and in the required numbers.
Finance Minister Peter Kažimír (Smer) appreciated the fact that Volkswagen is not only Slovakia’s largest investor employing thousands of workers, but that it is also the biggest tax payer. In his opinion Porsche Cayenne is becoming a flagship for Bratislava.
“We would be very pleased if the production of electric cars was also associated with the factory in Bratislava,” said Kažimír as cited by the SITA newswire.
The extension of VW SK’s production for the Porsche segment and the construction of the new halls boosted the Bratislava plant’s premises to more than 2,000,000 square meters.
More than 600 employees work in the Porsche segment per one shift.
As the company announced during the opening ceremony, the start-up period does not end with the launch of the Porsche Cayenne production. Among the challenges of the Bratislava plant next year are two other announced SUV models, namely the third generation Volkswagen Touareg and Audi Q8.
18. Dec 2017 at 15:30 | Compiled by Spectator staff