The automaker exceeds five thousand employees in its industrial complex, with a thousand hires since the beginning of the pandemic
Growth of staff is part of the expansion with investments of R$ 2 billion until 2025
Resources go to internationalization and development of more sustainable vehicles
VW Caminhões e Ônibus enters the Asian market
Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus will close the year with five thousand workers working at its factory in Resende, together with its partners in the Modular Consortium. Of this total, 1,000 professionals have been hired since the beginning of the pandemic, which represents a growth of more than 25% in their staff.
The VW Caminhões e Ônibus plant will start operating again with a full second production shift to meet customer demand in 2022. The objective is also to ensure the sustainability of the gain in market share that the company has registered in recent months, reaching around 30% of license plates for new trucks and approximately 27% for buses in Brazil.
“We started our operation in Resende 25 years ago with just 100 employees. Today, we have more than five thousand professionals, who go far beyond the production of Volkswagen trucks and buses in circulation in more than 30 countries around the world. Here we built our world center for research and development of new technologies, which is a global reference. We have the largest electromobility hub in Latin America in our factory and we continue to expand our business”, highlights Roberto Cortes, president and CEO of Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus.
VWCO and the Modular Consortium companies have just completed the last wave of hiring in 2021. During the year, 550 new vacancies were filled. The opportunities, as Cortes explains, were not limited to production. The automaker will invest R$ 2 billion by 2025 and part of these resources are already moving its operations abroad.
Internationalization gains strength with VW e-Delivery
The VW e-Delivery, an unprecedented 100% electric truck developed and produced in Latin America, begins its testing phase in other countries on the continent. As of the first quarter of 2022, the automaker starts a program in partnership with importers to prepare its commercial arrival around the region. All units are exported from the Resende plant, in Rio de Janeiro.
VWCO debuts in Asia with local assembly
Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus is not just looking at expanding its portfolio in markets already occupied by the brand. For the first time in its history, the company will sell its vehicles in Asia, with the Philippines as its gateway, through a partnership with a local importer, MACC, which will also be responsible for assembling VW buses in the country. The trucks will continue to be exported from the factory in Brazil.
Altogether, ten models will be offered to the Philippine market, from the Delivery and Constellation families for trucks and Volksbus for buses, with customized configurations for national application by Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus Engineering, within the tailormade concept. The first 40 units are already sold and will count on eight service points around the country.
Prepared for the future of the Brazilian market
VWCO's new technologies go far beyond electrical and connectivity. With the recent hiring, the company is also preparing to meet the next emission standard to come into force in Brazil, the Proconve P-8. The first vehicle to inaugurate the brand's portfolio in this legislation will be the Delivery Express+, which falls under the category of light commercial vehicles for which the rule applies as of next January.
The advantages, however, go beyond the environmental focus: the vehicle gained more power and a unique calibration in its engine. Its evolutions and technical improvements can result in savings of up to 5% in fuel, developed by the assembler's Engineering for engine production by FPT.
“It is our mission at Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus to always deliver increasingly efficient products, from an environmental as well as a financial point of view. Our latest releases support this strategy and now we are taking another step in that direction. Whether in diesel or electric models, under any emission standard, we will always have the most efficient option and with the best total cost of ownership”, emphasizes Roberto Cortes, president and CEO of Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus.