July 17, 2014

Porsche safeguards production in Zuffenhausen with additional investments

The Executive Board and the Works Council of the sports car producer Porsche have decided to implement support measures for the prosperous future of the Zuffenhausen plant. Starting in autumn 2014, a dedicated agreement will be negotiated to enable further growth
and job security for the over 3,100 employees in production. Plans include a further expansion of the vehicle assembly as well as a new body construction facility for the brand's two-door models. This means that in the future the Boxster and Cayman as well as the 911 and the 918 Spyder super sports car will be exclusively produced at the parent plant in Stuttgart. Planned measures involve an investment volume of more than 400-million euros.

The parent plant in Zuffenhausen is the Porsche brand's showcase site, and it is considered the epitome of top quality, productivity and flexibility in production," said Dr. Oliver Blume, Member of the Executive Board Production and Logistics. Last year, the company had already announced the investment of an additional 700-million euros in the Porsche site north of Stuttgart by 2018.

Around 300-million euros are planned for an entirely new body construction facility, in which sports car bodies would be produced with state-of-the-art technologies.

One of the main goals resolved by the Executive Board and the Works Council focuses on the continuous qualification of employees to face the enormous challenges of future automotive manufacturing, including new materials, processes and flexible assignments to various responsibilities in the production chain.

"For years now, the entire team at the Zuffenhausen plant has set record after record, and we have successfully increased our productivity. Due to this, we were able to reduce the weekly work schedule to 34 hours per week," said Dr. Oliver Blume.


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