SAIC VOLKSWAGEN Co., Ltd. No.1 Auto Plant
The No.1 Auto Plant utilizes internationally advanced auto manufacturing processes.
Robots are extensively used for welding in the car body workshop. The plant is the first to make use of the world's advanced laser online measuring equipment. The wider use of advanced laser welding technology has greatly improved body strength and stiffness, making the cars look even more attractive and well built. The plant’s paint workshop was the first to adopt the world’s advanced ESTA automatic painting equipment and the Rodip full immersion pre-treatment process, supported by wax injection, washing and other processes. The assembly workshop incorporates highly automated production equipment, which greatly improves productivity when used along with modular production. Advanced vehicle equipment, including four wheel alignment, lighting, drum, road test and rain test rigs, ensure the stable and reliable quality of cars made at the plant. The assembly workshop uses an advanced FIS system to control production and logistics processes, and sorts out and delivers colored parts through scheduled production. The plant has introduced Volkswagen's new concept logistics and uses Warenkorb materials distribution technology for the first time. This technology can reduce the material feeding requirements of production sites and can also greatly reduce the probability of incorrect or missing parts loads, thus helping to improve vehicle assembly quality.
SAIC VOLKSWAGEN Co., Ltd. No.2 Auto Plant
Located in Anting Auto City, Shanghai, the No.2 Auto Plant was built in 1992.
The No.2 Auto Plant utilizes various advanced body welding processes, including laser brazing technology, IF point welding technology, IF gel technology, robotics roller hemming technology, and integrated welding pliers. The coating process makes use of phosphate, chrome-free passivation and lead-free electrophoretic coatings and three environmentally-friendly coating layers to apply a rust-proof armor on car bodies and protect them from the impact of all kinds of weather. During the assembly process, the plant can concurrently meet ZP7 ECOS, toe, drum, LEP, ZP8 ECOS and other high electrical testing requirements. The workshop also meets road test, online anti-theft matching and other modern production requirements.
SAIC VOLKSWAGEN Co., Ltd. No.3 Auto Plant
The No.3 Auto Plant is located in Anting Auto City, Shanghai. Built in 1999, the plant covers a total land area of 450,000 square meters and has a gross floor space of 270,000 square meters.
Adopting industry-leading laser and CMT welding technologies, the No.3 Auto Plant body shop utilizes high-strength hot formed sheets and unique Arplas welding technology to ensure the strength and rigidity of car bodies. The plant’s paint workshop adopts the new multi-function shuttle machinery for its second-line pretreatment electrophoresis, which greatly improves the quality of pretreatment electrophoresis and eliminates air bubbles. UBS flip wagons are used for conveyance purposes, markedly reducing employees’ work intensity. The workshop’s assembly plant is the first in China to adopt flexible production. Adopting an order-based production system, it can customize models based on customer needs and achieve efficient and smart production.
SAIC VOLKSWAGEN Automobile Co., Ltd. Nanjing Branch
SAIC VOLKSWAGEN Automobile Co., Ltd. Nanjing Branch locates in Jiangning Economic and Technological Development Zone in Nanjing and founded in April 2008, covering 635,000 square meters. It has four main complete vehicle production workshops for stamping, vehicle body, paint and general assembly.
Nanjing branch adopts advanced mature technologies of SAIC VOLKSWAGEN in a well-rounded manner to apply management systems related with production and quality. Production efficiency is greatly improved due to advanced full automatic stamping production line and because 20 production lines for stamping has applied design concepts “one module for two parts (including internal and external parts)” and “one module for four parts”; Advanced laser welding technology and highly automated robot for welding have greatly improved the production technology, strength and rigidity of body structure and surface smoothness; in addition, water paint technology most advanced in Germany has been applied to increase the environment protection class, indicating advantage of environment-friendly technologies in the green production of SAIC VOLKSWAGEN. General assembly workshops have applied advanced modular production manner and advanced complete vehicle inspection system to ensure that manufactured sedans are high-quality and performance-stable.
SAIC VOLKSWAGEN Automobile Co., Ltd. Yizheng Branch
SAIC VOLKSWAGEN Automobile Co., Ltd. Yizheng Branch locates in Yizheng Automobile Industrial Park and was founded and put into production in July 2012, covering 1,280,500 square meters. It is fitted with stamping workshop, vehicle body shop, paint shop, general assembly workshop, technical center, training center, energy center, parts loading, handing and distribution center, and office buildings and other related ancillary facilities. Its production capacity is 300,000 units and it is a typical “One minute plant” (one car off from production line each minute).
Yizheng Branch is the first standardized plant of SAIC VOLKSWAGEN and as well as the first standardized plant founded by Volkswagen Group in China. Yizheng Branch has comprehensively applied advanced production technologies used by Volkswagen Group in 2010. Its stamping workshops have two industry-leading automated production lines in China; the vehicle body workshops are fitted with robots and have used processing technologies such as spot welding, laser welding, single side welding, stud welding, gelatinizing and folding; the paint workshops have applied water-based midcoat-free coating process and the fourth generation electrophoresis RoDip technology; the general assembly workshops have applied world-leading pull system of logistics supply. On the production site, the full-length free lifting complete vehicle hanger and modular lean production/ assembly mode are used in the whole process to greatly reduce the equipment investment and the labor intensity, therefore becoming energy saved and environment-friendly standardized plant.
SAIC VOLKSWAGEN Automobile Co., Ltd. Urumqi Plant
SAIC VOLKSWAGEN (Xinjiang) Automotive Co., Ltd. was founded on May 28, 2012, and went into operation on August 29, 2013. The company is located in the Urumqi Economic and Technological Development Zone (Toutunhe District), Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. It is SAIC VOLKSWAGEN's first production base in West China. The plant currently produces the New Santana.
SAIC VOLKSWAGEN (Xinjiang) Automotive Co., Ltd. is built in accordance with Volkswagen Group's factory standards. It has four modules: bodywork and assembly joint workshop, painting workshop, container yard, and finished car transportation center. As the first passenger vehicle enterprise opening for business in Xinjiang, SAIC VOLKSWAGEN (Xinjiang) Automotive Co., Ltd. launched passenger car manufacturing for the first time in the remote province. In doing so, the company will help Xinjiang establish a modern auto industry system, in a bid to drive the local development of the auto industrial chain and supplier supporting system. In addition, the new facility will lay a solid foundation for Xinjiang’s new industrialization and infrastructure modernization, while upgrading the auto industry and equipment manufacturing in Xinjiang and West China as a whole.
SAIC VOLKSWAGEN Automobile Co., Ltd. Ningbo Plant
The Ningbo plant under SAIC VOLKSWAGEN is located in the Ningbo Hangzhou Bay New Zone. The Ningbo plant has pressing, bodywork, painting and assembly workshops, as well as a technology center, a training center and an energy center.
The Ningbo plant has two factory areas. The Phase I project was completed and put into use in October 2013. It currently produces Volkswagen’s Teramont, Lamando and Lamando GTS along with ŠKODA's OCTAVIA lineup, including the NEW OCTAVIA and OCTAVIA Combi. The Phase II project was completed and went into operation in December 2017. It mainly manufactures the Volkswagen Teramont and ŠKODA KAROQ. A suppliers’ campus and a complete vehicle project in support of the Phase II project were planned, built, and put into operation in the same time, maintaining a world-leading supply chain. Moreover, the Ningbo plant has won a three-star certificate in recognition of its green building design.
SAIC VOLKSWAGEN Automobile Co., Ltd. Changsha Plant
The SAIC VOLKSWAGEN Changsha plant, which is located in the Changsha Economic and Technological Development Zone, began operation in May 2015. The plant has pressing, bodywork, painting and assembly workshops for complete car manufacturing, along with various supporting facilities such as office buildings, residential buildings, and a technology center. The plant boasts advanced automation and high-level energy saving and environmental protection. Thanks to its multiple measures for environmental protection, the Changsha plant has obtained a three-star certificate for its green building design from China's Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.
New Energy Vehicle Plant
SAIC VOLKSWAGEN’s New Energy Vehicle (NEV) Plant is located in Anting, Shanghai. The NEV plant will be completed and commence operations in 2020, with an annual production capacity of 300,000 vehicles and total investment of RMB 17 billion. The factory floor will cover approximately 610,000 square meters, including press, body, paint, general assembly and battery assembly shops. The plant will also be equipped with a vehicle body distribution center, automatic high-bay warehouse (HBW), test track and other facilities. This modern, green benchmark plant will effectively integrate smart manufacturing, energy efficiency and sustainability practices.
Production will take place on a specially built MEB electric vehicle platform. Industry 4.0 concept and the latest technology will greatly improve production automation and output. In addition, 27 technologies used for environmental protection and energy conservation will help reduce five key environmental indicators – energy, water, carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and waste – by 20%.
New generation electric vehicles for brands including Audi, Volkswagen and ŠKODA, will be manufactured at the new plant to bring Chinese consumers a variety of transport options featuring advanced technology and reliable performance.