Key facts on the new Crafter factory
- Wrzesnia is located 30 miles east of Poznan, Poland
- Total investment in building the new plant – 800 million Euros
- 300 people are involved in the planning of the new production plant
- From the laying of the first foundation stone to having a production ready facility will take under two years
- Total production capacity – 100,000 (in 2014 50,000 Crafters we produced)
- The site is 220 acres – the equivalent of over 300 football fields
- 2,000 people are involved in the construction of the new site
- The facility will create 3,000 new jobs
VOLKSWAGEN Commercial Vehicles has made significant ground in the medium/large fleet light commercial vehicle segment, with sales of the current Crafter up by 38% last year, selling over 7,000 vans.
Seeing this as a key area of growth, Volkswagen isn’t sitting on its laurels, but is instead investing in the sector.
The result is a new Crafter due later this year, free from the joint 2005 Mercedes Sprinter deal, but on top of this, there’s a new factory for it to be built in!
Investment for the new factory at Wrzesnia, which is just 30 miles east of the Caddy and T5 Transporter factory in Poznan, Poland, totals 800 million Euros.
Volkswagen Commercial vehicles believe that the key to success in this segment is to understand what the customer wants and how they want it and helping them to find the right vehicle for the job.
As thus, the 220 acre site should allow Volkswagen this flexibility to produce a multitude of different versions of the new Crafter, via the Engineered-to-Go programme, plus increase production to 100,000 from the 50,000 produced in 2014.
The plant is expected to go on stream in the second half of 2016 and employ 3,000 people.