Porsche production chief Wolfgang Leimgruber spoke with Automobilwoche Reporter Henning Krogh about the company's constant drive to boost productivity and whether the sports car maker needs extra capacity to meet its aim to sell 150,000 cars a year, up from about 100,000 now.
Porsche aims for better productivity, production chief says
Leipzig and Zuffenhausen are Porsche's two manufacturing locations. At Leipzig, we build the Cayenne SUV and the new Panamera. Our sports cars come off the line at Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. There hasn't been a decision on another, fifth model line to further increase sales.
If you are familiar with our facility in Leipzig, you know space is not cramped.
Our customers expect Porsches to come from Zuffenhausen or Leipzig. As the assembly plant for the 911 series, Zuffenhausen is known worldwide as the hallmark for modern, efficient sports car production.
We are building the most advanced automotive paint facility in the world. Our customers have the highest possible requirements for our vehicles, which we naturally meet and even want to exceed.
Furthermore, we are improving our energy and CO2 balance sheet with the new facility.
We see this contribution to environmental protection as our corporate responsibility to society and our neighbors. We are going to set new, environmentally friendly standards with the new paint shop in particulate emissions and energy optimization.
In our factories, we have annual productivity increases of about 6 percent, so we are extremely well positioned for the future. We are improving our processes continually, to achieve greater efficiency and an improvement in quality standards.