VW's Dresden plant a testbed for new tech

By CARSIFU | 15 March 2019

DRESDEN: Volkswagen's Dresden plant has managed a world firsty - the headliner for the e-Golf is now being fitted by a robot as standard instead of by hand.

This manufacturing step will also be used in production of the ID.2 from the end of 2019 at Volkswagen’s Zwickau plant. Volkswagen said it makes the e-Golfs in small batches with 72 e-Golfs per day.

Other projects at the Dresden site include the automated assembly and removal of the car doors and the human/robot collaboration.

The systems are tried and tested in the Gläserne Manufaktur before being rolled out to mass production throughout the group.

“We want to achieve a 30% improvement in productivity in the Volkswagen brand factories by 2025 compared to 2018 to ensure our competitiveness in the long term and to make a decisive contribution to improving the profitability of the Volkswagen brand," said Dr Andreas Tostmann, member of the Board of Management for Production and Logistics of the Volkswagen brand.

"To achieve this, the factories must become faster, leaner and more efficient. The various technical centre projects in Wolfsburg, Emden and Dresden make an important contribution to this by testing innovative technologies.”
In addition to the Wolfsburg and Emden factories, the Dresden plant named Gläserne Manufaktur is part of a “technical centre” project to develop into the Volkswagen Group’s primary test location for trialling innovative technologies. The main idea is to achieve automation of complex work steps within assembly.