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Volkswagen wins Exporters Club Environmental Award
information supplied by: Volkswagen SA - Corporate 03 September 2012

Volkswagen wins Exporters Club Environmental Award
 
Volkswagen Group South Africa has been awarded the prestigious SJM Flex Environmental Award – the Exporters Club top annual environmental accolade. At this year’s ceremony,Volkswagenreceived two awards in the event recognising achievements of major exporters.
 
The SJM Flex Environmental Award was presented to Volkswagen at the Eastern Cape Exporters Club event in recognition of the strides the company is taking to implement environmentally responsible manufacturing practices.
 
The decision to construct a new R500 million Press Plant played a huge part in convincing the judges of Volkswagen’s commitment to environmentally sound manufacturing. The Press Plant, which opens at the end of the year, will be the most environmentally responsible and energy-efficient in both Africa and the Volkswagen Group. The differentiator for the new Press Plant will be the world first in using Wave Motion technology coupled with new Cobra technology. “The Cobra” component gets its name from the striking movement of the cobra, which moves parts through the press process much faster than conventional systems. This leads to a 30% reduction in energy consumption.
 
With the company’s aim of reducing its carbon footprint, the new Press Plant was also constructed using “green” technology. The building was design to use natural light. The intelligent lighting systems have been fitted with occupancy sensors to monitor lighting.  Recycled materials have been used in most areas and rainwater harvesting tanks have also been installed.
 
Another contributing factor was Volkswagen’s implementation of the global Volkswagen Group strategy called, ‘Think Blue. Factory.’ The strategy focuses on reducing waste, water, energy and emissions by 25% by 2018 and is currently being implemented in Volkswagen plants around the world.
 
“We have received the award in the environment category at a time when Volkswagen has just introduced its ‘Think Blue. Factory.’ strategy – a recognition of our efforts in ensuring that all new facilities and technologies that we introduce are in line with the Group target of becoming the most environmentally friendly motor manufacturer by 2018. The new Press Plant and recently commissioned Paint Shop are good examples of this,” said David Powels, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa.
 
Volkswagen has also undertaken a new environmental aspect and impact methodology.In the 2011 international TÜV Audit, Volkswagen had zero Non Conformities and 21 Improvements in the Surveillance Audit.
 
In addition, Volkswagen record Polo exports in 2011 (81 581) to various parts of the world, were also recognised by the Eastern Cape branch of the Exporters Club by naming Volkswagen as the Original Equipment Manufacturer of the year.
 
Eastern Cape Exporters Club chairman Quintin Levey said: “As Nelson Mandela Bay’s biggest ratepayer and employer, Volkswagen’s successes in the export field and in the South African market have been a major economic driver for this region.”
 
“Its 2011 exports exceeded 81 000 cars, which set a new record for the company. This success shows that local companies can excel in supplying the highest quality products to international markets including Germany itself in this case.”
 
Powels added: “Our success in the export market as well as our leadership in the domestic passenger market is proof that our Uitenhage plant is world class and able to compete internationally.”
 
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