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Eos Factory Tour — Portugal

By by: Jamie Vondruska

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We have toured a few automobile factories over the and it is always a unique experience to something go from raw materials to the we enjoy so much. VWvortex had an opportunity to tour Volkswagen’s factory in Portugal where the new Eos is built. While the Autoeuropa has been around for over ten building the Sharan and Ford joint project, the Eos is their baby and something they are proud of.

The Eos is also the first Autoeuropa will export to the American market and everyone we to at the factory is taking it very A factory liason from has been assigned to oversee the Eos here in the States to ensure it smoothly, that any quality are dealt with in advance, and to know the competition inside and How seriously do they want to sure this car is right? She had than a dozen pre-production Eos shipped over to the U.S. to be by Volkswagen of America staff for months in advance of the launch to sure any last minute or problems were caught of of the start of production. Overall, we impressed with the personal of pride everyone at the Portugese takes in trying to make their facility is number Volkswagen AG must feel the way as the Autoeuropa factory will build the forthcoming Scirocco in late 2007.

Volkswagen’s Autoeuropa factory in a costal area on the outskirts of Portugal, called Palmela. state-of-the-art facility encompasses than 2,000,000 square or close to 500 acres of space. Of 271 acres are devoted to the production with an additional 225 acres by a supplier park that the main factory. The supplier is within a stone’s throw of the and is the headquarters for 15 of the 65 Portuguese suppliers. The proximity of the park guarantees an and very close relationship the Volkswagen and its suppliers.


The plant in Portugal has been in since April 1995. It was set up in as a result of a joint project to a van/people mover between and Ford. Ford took of factory planning and the purchase, Volkswagen was responsible for motor development. This was the genesis of the foreign investment project in Since 1999 the Palmela has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of AG and Ford has since pulled out and production of the Galaxy at the Portugal Volkswagen has now converted the Galaxy line into a new line for the


In 2005 the Palmela produced about 79,900 the VW Sharan, the Seat Alhambra and the Galaxy, only 1.6% of stayed in the Portugese market. A 600 Euro investment has been in the Autoeuropa factory to support of the Eos. 51 new die sets were to make 77 new parts for the Eos. 114 new were put in place to handle than 4,600 weld 224 stud welds and 4.3 meters of laser welding technology. 63 new lines were created to the Eos production.


At the end of December Volkswagen Autoeuropa employed 2,800 people. Surrounding employ an additional 2,350 outside vendors adding more jobs bringing the to more than 8,800.


What follows below is a pictoral tour spread the next several pages. We included captions for the photos each one describing what is in the photo. We hope you enjoy the

(above) The Autoeuropa factory as from the air. The factory occupies more than million square feet.

The process all starts with raw Carefully considered suppliers the best sheet metal and deliveries arrive 24 hours a Most all of the materials and parts in the are delivered on a just-in-time basis so is very little in the way of storage and raw materials or parts stacked up. The amount of sheet metal only last a few hours and is being replenished through the work day.

Volkswagens have characteristic lines, making exacting on the dimensional precision of the body The tool and jig construction division the necessary basis for this. in Wolfsburg can turn even the complex shapes into with the tools they A tool is a form used to a pattern (a fender for instance) out of raw metal. Some of these weigh more than 50 and have to endure very and long lifecycles of constant in the presses.

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Sheet metal is say the experts, meaning that the of the pressed part after the process is not absolutely identical that of the die. The metal reverts a little after From years of experience, the toolmakers know how various influence the dimensional precision of parts. Knowledge of the interaction nature and materials, sheet and the extent of deformation are all parts of the for high quality in body

Good tool and jig construction is key to how wide and how accurate the panel are and how precisely the sheetmetal is formed. The press shop processes 1,500 tons of sheet a day. All the sheet stock is in various anti-corrosion processes. The used for the outer bodyshell is a light matte grey, been galvanized by electrolysis for an fine surface. By comparison, a metallic surface indicates it has been treated in the melting — also known as galvanization. This is a robust for the floor pan and internal parts.

Unrolled and stamped into the sheet metal is transported to the lines. Here large vacuum presses like the one force up to 6000 tons of to achieve the desired shape. is divided into several The entire process runs and at low noise within one machine. The is monitored by cameras and transmitted to a location. Of particular importance are the the parts, for example the floor pan for of the platform; these parts are only in Wolfsburg. They the basis of every vehicle thus ensuring high and quality at all plants they are to like Autoeuropa.

(above) the doors are guided into by special alignment tools. is the final process before the car the production area and heads to the facility.

(above) In the past this stage was characterized by dirt, and the emission of paint particulates. paintshop activity is defined by technology, low-solvent finishes and scrubbing of the paint mist a water circulation system as as intense water purification and

Degreasing, pre-treatment, washing and phases are the initial stages of Then follows the electrolytic

All metal joints are then along their seams and thermoplastic sound deadening are inserted for noise damping. In to the paint finish and galvanization, the seal protects against subsequent damage from chips and corrosion. After the coat and the pigmented coat, a finish is applied as the final layer. This coat is what gives the required finish you see in the showroom.

All finishing is done by robots. The atomized is transferred in an electrostatic field to the with low losses in the process, and to the metal. After the paint has applied, an additional internal against corrosion is taken the hot wax cavity flooding process by Volkswagen. This protective is used on all models.

Color on the line can occur in less a minute, eliminating the need to a batch of vehicles in a single and then a second batch in a color, etc. etc. can be painted individual colors one after the next on the assembly

(above) After leaving the facility each vehicle is inspected for any flaws in the paint and sent to the final assembly In final assembly, the painted are completed in accordance with orders. Here an Eismere Eos has had the doors removed and is being for the insertion of the dashboard and wiring module. The doors will with the car later in the assembly

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