New Crafter factory opens in Poland
Volkswagen has opened the doors to its brand new Crafter van production facility.
Costing an eye-watering €800m the plant at Wrzesnia near Posnan in Poland will produce up to 100,000 units per year, on its 2.2km2 site. Covering 300 football fields, the facility took just 23 months to construct.
Around 1,000,000 m³ of soil was moved during the build, with 22,000 metric tonnes of structural steel and 8,000 tonnes of reinforcing steel used. A remarkable 50,000 m³ of concrete was poured by 6,000 cement trucks with 4,000 foundation pilings placed 16 metres into the ground.
The plant will produce 69 derivatives of the the all-new Volkswagen Crafter, which will go on sale in the UK early next year.
Dr Eckhard Scholz, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said that the brand has managed a “dual challenge” in developing an new van while simultaneously building its production site. “We are proud of the precise and on-schedule implementation of this project, and above all of the people who made it happen. They all made a personal contribution towards attaining this challenging goal. I offer my heartfelt thanks to them. This kind of commitment serves as a model for the future of our brand. Just a few weeks ago, the Crafter was named ‘International Van of the Year 2017’ by a renowned selection committee. This shows that we are on the right path with our vehicle and our factory. Now we need to turn our focus to the future, to the challenging production launch and other upcoming challenges.”