Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive Co. Ltd. (SVW), a joint venture between the Volkswagen Group and SAIC Motor Corp. Ltd., recently inaugurated a new plant in Yizheng, China. The inauguration was attended by Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann and Dr. Michael Macht, both members of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, and Hu Maoyuan, Chairman of SAIC.
Heizmann, who approved the building of the plant in July 2010, highlighted the good cooperation with the Chinese partners during the construction of the SVW plant. He disclosed that because the construction of the plant was finished in just two years, they were able to inaugurate the plant earlier than planned.
Heizmann also boasted of the plant as one of the most environmentally compatible plants of the Volkswagen Group, using advanced technologies and new production processes.
The new SVW plant in Yizheng, which has an annual production capacity of 300,000 vehicles, will be the second factory producing the Volkswagen Polo in China, and will make production considerably more flexible.
The Yizheng plant is also targeted to produce ŠKODA models. The new SVW plant is expected to create about 3,700 new jobs in the region. The plant also houses a technical testing centre, which will provide initial and advanced training for employees. It also has an energy centre.