SOURCE: Automotive NewsVW: Osterloh wants more capacity in Wolfsburg
Automotive News Europe / May 8, 2007 - 8:48 am
Bernd Osterloh, chairman of Volkswagen’s works council, wants to increase production capacity at VW's main plant in Wolfsburg, if the current high demand continues.
“The works council says the assembly areas of the former VW Golf station wagon could also be used, for example, to expand the production capacity of the current and future Golf,” Osterloh told the German Press Agency on Monday, May 7.
Due to high demand of the Golf, Volkswagen has reached capacity limits at the Wolfsburg plant and extra shifts have been added on the weekends.
“Bodywork and assembly capacity have to be increased,” Osterloh said. VW took the first step by confirming a 100-million euro investment during collective bargaining in 2006.
Osterloh wants Wolfsburg’s technical capacity to be increased to meet the production needs during the workweek.
In addition, the Wolfsburg plant should have the capacity to manufacture a third VW car model. This was promised during collective bargaining in 2006, Osterloh says.
The VW Golf and Golf Plus are produced at the Wolfsburg plant. The third model to be produced there is still unclear.