Volkswagen has announced it will build the successor of the Crafter in a new plant in Poland, with production scheduled to start in the second half of 2016.
The new facility will be located in Września, in the Wielkopolska region, and will employ at least 2,300 people.
“With the decision to build the new Crafter in Poland we are setting a new strategic course for our light commercial vehicles. The Crafter is the ideal candidate for all growth markets in the world and will further advance Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles along its path as a globally operating manufacturer,” said Dr Leif Östling, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG with responsibility for Commercial Vehicles.
The new plant in Września will become the second site in Poland for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles after Poznań, where the Caddy has been produced for more than a decade. The Crafter production project will be led as of April 1 2014 by Jens Ocksen, currently Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles with responsibility for Production and Logistics.
“The plant in Września will benefit from its proximity to our production in Poznań in every sense – in logistics, suppliers and especially in local experience. Whether it’s the Caddy or the T5 from Poznań or in future the Crafter from Września – commercial vehicles ‘Made by Volkswagen in Poland’ are a success story that goes on with the decision today to build the new plant,” said Ocksen.
The future plant will cover around 220 hectares and will include a body shop, a paint shop and final assembly. Construction is scheduled to start in the end of 2014 and production is set to start in the fourth quarter of 2016.