Wolfsburg, Germany – Volkswagen has opened an engine reprocessing facility in China capable of rebuilding 15,000 engines per year. The plant, in Dalian, is the first of its type that Volkswagen has opened in China and its first reprocessing plant outside of Germany.
The company said that the rebuilt engines will allow Chinese drivers to benefit from genuine Volkswagen parts that are up to 50 per cent less expensive.
To date, Volkswagen Group China and its partner FAW have invested €10.9 million in reprocessing facilities at Dalian.
“The new facility is a further milestone for Volkswagen in China,” said Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group China. Adding that 70 per cent of the materials in an engine can be reused, saving large quantities of raw materials such as steel, “Volkswagen is making a key contribution to environmental protection and resource conservation, which is especially important in a country such as China where there is such a high demand for raw materials,” Neumann said.
The company plans to expand activities at Dalian to include other engine models, as well as transmissions, along with a test centre to test engines and transmissions with reference to Chinese driving habits.