The automobile and supplier industry is an important branch with a high degree of expertise in Leipzig. It is above all represented by Porsche and BMW.
The BMW Leipzig plant received the prestigious ‘Lean & Green Management Award 2014’. This prize is awarded in six categories every year, and the Leipzig BMW plant won in the category ‘Automotive OEM’.
The award acknowledges the exceptionally intensive and authentic commitment for sustainability by both management and staff. The resource-efficient production of the i3 and i8 e-vehicles as early as in the development phase is another important reason. The result is a completely new way of automobile manufacturing. Four wind turbines for power supply, put up on the plant estate last year, are part of the holistic concept, which is based on a consistently sustainable value chain. They annually generate 26 GWh of wind power – more than is needed for the e-vehicle production. This makes a power supply possible that is based on own, regenerative energy sources in order to keep the carbon footprint of the BMW i3 as small as possible. Since 2005 BMW have produced in Leipzig with own pressing plant, body construction, paint shop and assembling, and with about 4,000 employees. In guided factory tours, visitors can make themselves familiar with vehicle production. They can watch the car’s body being welded, painted and assembled.
The Porsche Leipzig GmbH have produced in Leipzig since 2002. In February 2014, a new plant section was inaugurated as a full-service unit for the production of the model Macan. 50,000 of these luxury SUVs are scheduled to roll off the production line this year. In the future, the Panamera will also be completely made in Leipzig.
Over the past two years the plant’s workforce has grown from an initial 900 to about 2,500 – a development with a positive effect on the city’s job market. Since suppliers and service providers have also moved here, an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 jobs have been created in the region.
The energy efficiency of the body construction will be optimised by a photo-voltaic system installed on the roof, which is to generate up to 800,000 kWh of power per year. Today, an innovative cooling of the robot welding tongs already reduces the annual power consumption in car body construction by more than 365,000 kWh.
Ground breaking developments have also taken place in the paint shop, where Porsche use the waste heat of a nearby biomass power plant. This way, 80% of the heat required in the paint shop are produced carbon neutrally, and the CO2 emission is reduced by more than 8,000 t per year.
The Leipzig Porsche plant also has several meeting rooms and large conference facilities. They are accommodated in the Porsche customers centre, which seen from a distance resembles a diamond: The large auditorium with all-around glazing and a stage provides more than 1,300 square metres of space. The surrounding gallery serves as an exhibition area for historical Porsche models.
During company events and incentive programmes the production facilities can be visited. Event packages on the off-road and on-road race courses, such as ‘Porsche Leipzig Co-Pilot’ or ‘Porsche Leipzig Pilot’, are the spectacular highlight of a visit.
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