Volkswagen has officially launched a new press shop at its newly EV-centric Zwickau site in Germany.

The EUR74m spent expanding the press shop is one of the largest single expenditures in the course of transforming the site.

In addition to a press in XL format, an automatic stacking line and a EUR23m, 30m high bay warehouse for logistics are all in operation on the extra 8,400 square metres of space.

All required outer skin body parts can now be pressed on site for the electric models produced in Zwickau. Delivery from Emden and Wolfsburg will cease, ending 9,000 truck journeys a year.

The new Schuler XL press weighs 180 tonnes. It has a press force of 6,900 tonnes across five stages. With 10,800 press strokes a day, the 92 metre long, 22 metre wide and 12 metre high press is extremely efficient. This is the first time that a press with a mix of conventional and servo technology is being used by the VW group.

After the parent plant in Wolfsburg, the Zwickau facility now has the second-largest press shop within the VW brand. Around 20m parts per year have been produced on average in the past decade. With the new XL press, this figure is set to increase to up to 30m parts per year by the beginning of 2022, some of which will continue to be supplied to other group sites.