Volkswagen announces contract for export of engines from São Carlos and relies on the support from Investe SP
Export project involves investments of approximately R$ 50 million, in addition to the support from Investe São PauloInveste São Paulo
Volkswagen do Brasil announced that its engine factory, located in São Carlos (SP), was chosen, among all the operations of the brand in the world, to export the 1.4l TSI engine for the Jetta, Golf and Golf Variant models produced in Mexico.Exports to the factory in Puebla, where the models are produced, should being in the second half of 2017, extending until 2020, totaling a volume of approximately 250,000 engines.“The export project required an investment of approximately R$ 50 million, additional to the R$ 460 million announced in 2015. The plant in São Carlos has received constant contributions to the modernization of its processes for the production of new products, making it even more competitive and strategic for the Volkswagen Group,” said David Powels, president and CEO of Volkswagen do Brasil and South America (SAM), during a ceremony held at the factory.
On the occasion, the document that marks the beginning of the assistance provided by Investe SP to the project was also signed.“From now on, we will work side-by-side with the company, providing support in terms of infrastructure, taxation and environmental licensing,” said the director of the investment promotion agency associated with the Department of Economic Development, Science, Technology and Innovation of the State of São Paulo.
By the end of 2015, the São Carlos factory had already been selected among all operations of the brand in the world to export EA211 1.0L engine blocks for the production of engines that equip the models Polo and up! in Europe.The contribution covers expenses with technological development, investments in the adaptation of engine block machining lines, engine assembly and testing, certification and homologation of the product.In order to produce the 1.4L TSI version for export, the machining and assembly lines of the EA211 building were adapted to meet the complexity of the production process that involves this model, which has more components compared to other versions already produced, because it has a differentiated calibration, given the different standards, temperatures and fuel used in other markets.“The engines produced in Brazil are manufactured in processes with state-of-the-art technology.The product efficiency and process allowed us to be chosen also to serve other important markets, such as Mexico,” said Antônio Pires, Vice President of Operations of Volkswagen do Brasil.“Another determining factor for the achievement of this operation was the recent collective bargaining agreement signed by the company with the Union and employees of the São Carlos factory, which established better competitive conditions for the unit in labor matters,” said the Vice President of Human Resources of Volkswagen do Brasil, Nilton Junior.“We also invest in the constant qualification of our professionals, which allows us to produce the brand’s global engines.In addition to adaptations to our production process, we also strengthened the development of new training programs for employees who will work directly with this product,” said Marcus Gorisch, executive manager of the São Carlos factory.
About Volkswagen do Brasil factory in São Carlos
With over 10 million engines produced in its 20 years of activities, completed in October 2016, the São Carlos engine plant produces 1.0L MPI, 1.0L TSI, 1.4L TSI and 1.6L MSI versions of the EA211 family for the up!, cross up!, Fox, CrossFox, SpaceFox, Space Cross, Golf, New Gol, Nova Voyage, Nova Saveiro and Nova Saveiro Cross.The São Carlos plant also produces the EA111 1.6L used in the Gol, Fox, Voyage, SpaceFox and Saveiro.For the Brazilian market, 100% of the products receive the Total Flex biofuel technology.For the foreign market gasoline engines are produced.Timeline:1996: Opening of the engine plant in São Carlos 1997: First unit of Volkswagen Group, outside Europa, to win the environmental certification ISO 14001 1999: Production of the first turbo engine in Brazil 2000: Celebration for achieving the milestone of 1 million engines produced 2003: Production of the first 1.0L engine with Total Flex technology in Brazil 2012: Implementation of new block machining line and increase of production capacity 2013: Opening of new production building responsible for manufacturing the EA211 family 2014: Celebration for achieving the milestone of 9 million engines produced 2015: Production of the first 1.0L TSI Total Flex produced in Brazil, with investments of R$ 460 million, and export of EA211 engine blocks to the factory in Chemnitz, Germany 2016: Celebration of 20 years of activities, 10 million engines produced and beginning of the manufacture of the crankshaft and 1.4 TSI engine
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