The Volkswagen plant in Chakan occupies a total area of over 2.3 million square metres (572 acres), with buildings covering about 1,15,000 square metres.
A workforce of over 3,500 people was engaged in building it during its peak construction stages. The plant was built in a record time of 17 months, with an investment commitment of INR 3,800 Crores (580 million Euros) by Volkswagen India Private Limited. It is the largest investment by a German company to date in the growing Indian market.
The plant has a production capacity of up to 200,000 vehicles a year in a full three shift system.
The Honourable Governor of Maharashtra, His Excellency Shri. S. C. Jamir and Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann, officially inaugurated the new plant on March 31, 2009, in the presence of nearly 500 international guests.
The Pune plant is one of the most modern in the Volkswagen Group. It has a high level of vertical integration and a large share of local suppliers. The facility is the only production plant operated by a German automaker in India that covers the entire production process, from press shop through body shop and paint shop to final assembly.
The facility uses futuristically designed state-of-the-art equipment. For example, the body shop uses the Diode Laser Brazing (DLB) technology, whereas the Roof & Side Framer laser technology is used for welding the roof to the body of the car. The facility is also one of the few environment-friendly manufacturing plants around the area. For instance, the exhaust of the paint shop is re-burnt and the resultant heat and energy is reused.
The Volkswagen plant can now be toured in person all year long. People can experience German engineering and witness its state-of-the-art facilities first-hand. If you wish to view the Volkswagen assembly line in person.