Volkswagen AG

IMG_10002Am 14. Januar sind wir nach Wolfsburg gefahren um die Volkswagen Fabrik zu besuchen. Die Fabrik war sehr groβ und wurde 1938 gebaut. Wir sind mit dem Zug von Gifhorn nach Wolfsburg gefahren und sind um 14:00 angekommen. Die Fabrik von Volkswagen hat über 50.000 Mitarbeiter und baut 3.800 Autos pro Tag. Wir durften nicht in der Fabrik fotografieren. In der Fabrik gibt es zwei Fitness-Studios, einen Garten und eine Currywurst Fabrik.

Wolfsburg is home to the massive Volkswagen factory which specializes in the production of the most popular automobile in their lineup; the Volkswagen Golf. When we showed up at the factory, I could not believe how many workers were scurrying all about; I even asked our tour guide if all the people were employees of Volkswagen. I found it especially interesting that the giant red-brick portion of the factory with the “VW” emblem is actually a listed monument by the German government, but that didn’t stop Volkswagen from creating one of the most highly efficient and modernized factories in the world. For the tour of the factory, we were driven around in a modified Golf which resembled an amusement park ride; es war sehr interessant und cool.

Die Mitarbeiter fahren in der Fabrik auf Fahrrädern. I thought that was a peculiar difference in workplace norms; I have never been inside an American company where the employees ride bicycles to get around. You might be wondering if it is dangerous for people to be riding bikes inside a car factory with trams pulling tons of raw and molded material, cars diving around and other workers on the bike path. The inventive minds at Volkswagen managed to remedy the problem of collisions by strategically placing plants (grown in their own garden) at places where the most traffic takes place. Sehr intelligent.

We toured around the plant and watched a Volkswagen Golf go from raw material to a brand new, high-powered automotive work of art. “Das Auto” is the slogan of Volkswagen, and rightfully so; they have mastered the production of vehicles and become forerunners in energy efficiency and conservation. Everywhere in German culture the idea and concept of clean energy and efficiency is held with the highest regard. This can be seen throughout the factory in Volkswagen’s “Energy Way” sustainability project which is seeking to reduce the amount of energy they use by 25% by 2018. Energy efficient robotics, recycling of scrap metal, a gravity-driven system to transport car frames around the factory and conserving energy wherever possible are all examples of Volkswagen’s initiative to a cleaner factory.

Ich habe so viel über Volkswagen gelernt und möchte die Fabrik wieder besuchen!

Alexander Rutledge

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