Hanover Messe 2015 - the world's leading trade fair for industrial technology - had two extremely elite guests in attendance on Monday as India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accompained by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, paid a visit to it. The duo found out more about technological innovation at Volkswagen on their visit and learnt more about production of the Volkswagen Vento, which is built at the Indian plant in Pune and exported to over 30 countries worldwide.
The visit primarily focused on Volkswagen Group’s commitment in India. The delegation was welcomed by the CEO of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, together with two apprentices from the Volkswagen factory in Pune. ‘India is and will remain an important strategic growth market for the Volkswagen Group. We are convinced that Volkswagen will take on a key role in the Indian automobile market in the long term. We are driving localisation in India forward with our new engine assembly plant in Pune,’ said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft. One of the exhibits presented to the guests was a Volkswagen Vento, a model specially designed for the Indian market and built at the Volkswagen plant in Pune.
Prime Minister Modi and Chancellor Merkel also talked to two young Indian apprentices who are training at the Pune site, and were particularly interested in Volkswagen’s approach to developing young talent in India. Dual vocational training is a key to good skilled workmanship, not just in Germany, but worldwide. Today, the Volkswagen Group already trains three quarters of its 18,500 apprentices worldwide based on the German dual vocational training principle.