The Indian arm German automaker, Volkswagen announced that it has commenced the third shift at the Pune manufacturing plant in Chakan from March, to meet the growing demand from the export market and to accommodate production of the Ameo. It seems the brand has started preparing itself for the next growth phase. Last year, Volkswagen produced 123,456 cars in a two-shift system which allows a maximum of 130,000 cars.
In order to support the third shift manufacturing, Volkswagen India has already added approximately 800 new employees in the first step. Trusting the potential of the workforce in the region, Volkswagen India is planning on hiring even more employees as its production goes up through the year.
Commenting on successfully integrating third shift at the Volkswagen Pune Plant, Dr Andreas Lauermann, President and Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited, said “In 2016, we are expecting growth in our domestic as well as export volumes. With the new Ameo, a car that has been specially developed for India, we are expecting a higher demand from the domestic Indian market while we look at supplying more cars to our export markets too. In all, we expect to increase our production by around 15% this year as compared to the last one.”
Further, Dr Andreas Lauermann said, “We have been hiring workforce across levels with varying skill sets. Our production processes demand skilled workers and we have been carefully appointing the right people for the right jobs.”
Currently, Volkswagen India manufactures Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid from its Pune facility in Chakan and moreover, the company also assembles the 1.5-litre TDI engine at this plant.