The Witness - Wheels - - INDUSTRY - — WR.

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.

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