Industrial engineering and MTM are a central issue at Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg too. Olaf Damitz reports on workshops related to the EHPV system, how the training of MTM practitioners takes place within the group and explains which special tasks are the major focus of his daily work.
Wolfsburg is known around the world as the corporate headquarters of Volkswagen AG. Nine brands based in seven European countries form part of the group: Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT, ?koda, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Scania, MAN and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, although each brand operates in the market place independently.
The group manufactured more than eight million vehicles in 2011, making it the largest automobile manufacturer in Europe and it therefore had a global market share of 14.7 percent. More than 500,000 employees at 94 production sites in 15 countries in Europe and seven nations in the Americas, Asia, Africa and India produce about 34,000 vehicles per day around the globe and also provide vehicle-related services.
The production facility located on the Mittelland Canal covers an area measuring more than six square kilometers. It is the largest connected automobile factory in the world. The area occupied by the factory buildings (1.6 square kilometers) is enough to accommodate the complete Principality of Monaco. The approx. 50,000 employees here produced more than 744,000 Golf, Golf Plus, Touran and Tiguan vehicles here in 2011. In addition, component production is an important mainstay at the Wolfsburg factory.
Some of the components produced here, for example, drive shafts or injection parts, are inserted into vehicles in Wolfsburg, or are supplied to other group business centers. Approx. 150 double-decker wagons and 160 vehicle trucks carrying 3,400 vehicles leave the factory every day. About 1,900 companies also deliver their products to the factory every day ” raw materials, parts of system groups ” on 150 rail wagons and 600 trucks.
Olaf Damitz works in the industrial engineering product optimization department at the Volkswagen Group. He explains how it is possible to develop ideal design options in workshops using the EHPV system (engineering hours per vehicle), how training takes place for MTM practitioners at Wolfsburg, and which other industrial engineering tasks are the major focus of his daily work. In the light of this, he now acts as the new MTM/IE regional group leader in the Wolfsburg region.