Volkswagen has new plans for its new small-size model from Slovakia. The company wants to add a third shift to boost production, which will mean hundreds of new jobs.
“Three-shift production, starting from April 16, will create more than 650 new jobs at the assembly plant. Hundreds more will be created by suppliers,” Volkswagen Slovakia board member Wilfried von Rath said on Wednesday.
The plant in Bratislava produces the Touareg, Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne models, besides the Skoda Citigo and SEAT Mii. The company also expects a 25% production boost for the SUV production this year.
This means only good news for a country with 13% unemployed citizens. The plant has 7,000 workers that produce vehicles mostly for export (36% Germany, 19% China). 400,000 cars are expected to be produced this year.
Volkswagen began car production in Slovakia in 1991 and in 2011 it produced 188,000 vehicles here.
Unfortunately this was a decline from 2007, when 249,000 vehicles were produced. But, with the new models introduced and the rise of working force, the company will get back on the track soon.