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Thomas Schaefer, Chairman and Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa joins Engine Plant Employees in celebrating the production of 1 million EA111 engines. Pic supplied

Vroom, car engines roars in VWSA plant

Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) produced 1 millionth engines a month, far surpassing its underlying target without encountering glitches, the automobile company has announced.

In a statement, Engine Plant Unit head Richard Reid said VWSA reached a historical milestone when it produced 1 millionth EA111 engine on June 11, 2018, saying it continues to produce 450 EA111 engines a day for both local and export customers.

“The Engine Plant is producing over 450 engines and just over 470 machined engine blocks per day with a two shift pattern run by 192 operators and setters,” said Reid.

Reid said some 350 000 local customers have taken delivery of a Polo or Polo Vivo since 2010.

He said VWSAV continues exporting EA111 to India.

“This is the most successful line we have run in the Engine Plant since they opened it in 1981. It’s still operating flawlessly and at an output performance level far exceeding the initial target,” said Reid.

Reid said they design the production line in such a way they can adjust output capacity without affecting the quality or stability.

VWSA Chairman and Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa Thomas Schaefer said the achievement the volume targets is a credit to the great teamwork.

“The engine plant‘s continued dedication to meeting the strict quality standards set by the Volkswagen Group and continuous achievement of volume targets is a credit to their great teamwork.

They are a great example of a team that lives our Volkswagen Values of Respect, Integrity, One Team and Excellence, “said Schaefer.

Schaefer said the EA111 engine which started production in 2010 is fit to the latest generation Polo Vivo built in Uitenhage.

“They company manufacture The EA111 engine in two derivatives, a 1.4l and 1.6l available with both manual and automatic transmissions,” added Schaefe


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