VW INSTALLS NEW PRESS AT UITENHAGE
VOLKSWAGEN SA has invested R120 million in a new 21 000 kg Newton try-out press to improve the manufacturing capability of its Uitenhage plant.
The new press will be used to ensure that the tools are pressing the vehicle sheet metal parts according to the quality standards prior to going into production. This ensures that the currently installed presses are used solely for production, thus improving the productivity of the press plant. It will also be used in tool maintenance and implementing engineering changes on the current series production press tools. Once fully assembled, the new press will weigh about 600 tons and will deliver a maximum force of 2 100 tons, equivalent in weight to 306 male African elephants.
The Uitenhage plant has one of the newest press plants in the VW Group. The plant is capable of producing close to 10 000 parts per day and the try-out press is expected to be operational by mid-year.