Published on November 17th, 2023 | by Sounder Rajen0
Porsche Upgrades Its Zuffenhausen Production Plant For Future Operations
The Porsche Zuffenhausen plant is undergoing extensive reconstructions and extensions
Porsche is upgrading its main plant in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen for the future operations by carrying out extensive reconstruction measures and extensions. In the future, the electric sports cars in the next generation 718 will be produced on the traditional assembly line for the two-door Porsche sports cars alongside the models with a boxer engine.
Porsche is also investing some 250 million euros (about RM1,271,462,594) in the construction work and numerous sports car production systems will be upgraded over the course of this upgrade. This reflects developments in the production process. As is the case for production of the Taycan, the two-door cars are now also produced using the latest automated guided vehicles.
Moreover, the goal of this upgrade is to increase capacity and flexibility in the Porsche production process. Production has also been expanded to include additional quality test benches for vehicle assembly, additional logistics areas and a new high-bay rack. Assembly of the electric powertrain for what will be the electric Macan is also being integrated into the existing plant.
To integrate new production phases, Porsche has also extended the production line area for its two-door sports cars at the main plant. As already implemented for the production of the electric Porsche Taycan, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) will now be used for it too.
Porsche production has refined its quality management in sports car assembly even further: it now includes new assembly processes as well as newly established quality assurance stations. Following the principles of the first-time-quality approach with small control loops, standardised quality assurance and approval checkpoint points were integrated into the production process.
On top of that, Porsche has also been extending the logistics areas within the body shop since 2022, adding a new building at the site of the former Porsche Centre on Porscheplatz across from the Porsche Museum. The parts warehouse is fully automated and has a storage volume of approx. 35,000 cubic metres.
There has been a new assembly plant for the V8 combustion engines for the Panamera and Cayenne model lines at the Zuffenhausen site since 2016. Assembly of the electric motors for the electric Porsche Macan is now also being integrated into this engine production centre with the new generation Porsche Macan being slated to roll off the production line at Leipzig in 2024.