Bratislava, May 30 (TASR) – More than 4.5 million vehicles of 13 different models and 6.8 million gearboxes – this has been the production history of the Volkswagen Slovakia plant (VW Slovakia), TASR learnt on Monday.
The largest car maker in Slovakia is celebrating its 25th anniversary today. A special ceremony which was held at the VW Slovakia plant in Devinska Nova Ves earlier in the day was attended also by Prime Minister Robert Fico.
In his speech, Volkswagen Slovakia board of directors chairman Ralf Sacht said that the company has been growing and developing continually for 25 years. This fact can be confirmed by the growing number of employees as well as by the growing production every year, added Sacht.
The company, which has become a reliable partner for the Volkswagen Group as well as for its customers, owes its success to thousands of committed, responsible and quality-oriented employees, he said.
Investments into the development of the Slovak plant has reached €3.4 million.
Thomas Ulbrich, member of VW Slovakia board of directors for Production and Logistics, said that the company production in the future will be “effective, of good quality, flexible and customer oriented.” Ulbrich went on to say that, “for this reason, we rely on VW Slovakia and Bratislava in the future and we’ll continue investing in the Bratislava plant.”
Among VW Slovakia’s current priorities belong the production of new car model – Volkswagen up!, whose serial production has officially been launched during Monday’s ceremony.
Prime Minister Robert Fico praised 25-year cooperation and underlined the importance of the company for the Slovak economy.
“Volkswagen Bratislava has a great impact on Slovakia and the Slovak industry,” said Fico.
The prime minister added that the industry represents the largest volume of annual GDP in Slovakia. “This actually means that every sixth job is either in engineering or the automotive industry. Every job that emerges in the automotive industry creates another 2.6-2.7 jobs indirectly,” said Fico.