espite main challenges, Škoda Auto produced greater than 888,000 Škoda automobiles final 12 months
In 2023, Škoda Auto manufactured over 781,000 automobiles at its Czech vegetation, and its worldwide amenities contributed an extra 107,000 models. The corporate’s scope of manufacturing was not restricted to automobiles; it manufactured key elements, together with PHEV and MEB battery programs, axles, and engines, which additionally put in in different Volkswagen Group manufacturers’ automobiles. Moreover, Škoda Auto made strategic advances in its internationalisation technique in 2023: The model entered the Vietnamese market in September and commenced preparations in mid-October for resuming manufacturing in Kazakhstan.
“Over the previous 12 months, we now have produced greater than 888,000 Škoda automobiles globally, demonstrating our potential to adapt shortly and flexibly to a dynamically altering and geopolitically difficult atmosphere. This achievement displays our dedication to our prospects, our model, and the Group. Our latest new market entries and the addition of native manufacturing amenities are key steps in increasing our international manufacturing capacities. I want to thank all my colleagues for his or her nice dedication and teamwork.”
Andreas Dick, Škoda Auto Board Member for Manufacturing and Logistics
Manufacturing within the Czech Republic
In 2023, Škoda Auto manufactured roughly 556,000 models of the Fabia, Scala, Octavia, Octavia iV, Kamiq, Enyaq and Enyaq Coupé sequence in Mladá Boleslav. This facility additionally produced 349,021 MQ100 and MQ200 handbook transmissions, 1,736,815 axles and 469,935 EA211 engines, that are additionally put in in different Volkswagen Group manufacturers’ automobiles. Moreover, the location manufactured 165,606 battery programs for MEB automobiles and 147,625 battery programs for plug-in hybrid fashions. With a second meeting line commissioned in December 2023, the ability’s capability is ready to extend by 50% to 1,500 models a day.
The Kvasiny plant additionally contributed considerably, producing a complete of 225,000 models of the Karoq, Kodiaq, Excellent, and Excellent iV fashions in 2023. Key highlights of the 12 months included the disclosing of the second-generation Kodiaq in October and the world premiere of the fourth-generation Excellent in November. The model’s ICE flagship will proceed to be obtainable in each hatchback and Combi property physique types.
In Vrchlabí, Škoda Auto’s manufacturing centered on DQ200 automated direct-shift transmissions, with a complete of 686,066 models manufactured. These transmissions are integral not solely to Škoda’s fashions but additionally to automobiles throughout the Volkswagen Group.
Worldwide manufacturing amenities
On the Volkswagen facility in Bratislava, Škoda Auto’s manufacturing included over 36,000 models of the Karoq SUV and the preliminary models of the brand new Excellent era. The corporate was accountable for the complete improvement of each the Škoda Excellent and Volkswagen Passat, that are manufactured on the identical manufacturing line in Bratislava. This initiative is a part of the Beta+ challenge, geared toward leveraging synergies within the manufacturing community and additional boosting effectivity. By transferring the manufacturing of the Excellent to Bratislava, the carmaker is creating capability for extra models of the Octavia on the Kvasiny plant from the summer time of 2024 onwards. Moreover, the transfer will permit extra battery-electric automobiles to be constructed on the Mladá Boleslav plant.
On the Ukrainian plant in Solomonovo, 2,580 Škoda automobiles had been assembled final 12 months from semi-knocked-down (SKD) kits imported from Czech manufacturing vegetation. The potential for growing manufacturing volumes on the Solomonovo facility is contingent on the evolving warfare scenario in Ukraine.
Throughout the 4 Chinese language factories in Changsha (Kodiaq and Kodiaq GT), Nanjing (Kamiq, Kamiq GT and Excellent), Ningbo (Octavia, Octavia Professional and Karoq) and Yizheng (Fast), the Czech automotive producer constructed roughly 18,500 automobiles in 2023.
Internationalisation technique: coming into new markets and constructing synergies
Škoda Auto successfully superior its internationalisation technique all through 2023. The Pune manufacturing unit in India produced virtually 48,000 models of the domestically developed Kushaq and Slavia fashions. Moreover, the Aurangabad plant contributed roughly 4,400 models, encompassing the Excellent, Octavia, and Kodiaq fashions. In whole, Škoda Auto’s Indian amenities produced over 52,000 automobiles.
The corporate is actively in search of to achieve extra prospects in India whereas additionally increasing its worldwide market presence. According to this goal, Škoda Auto opened a brand new Components Expedition Centre in Pune in October 2023. This may function a logistics hub for completely-knocked-down (CKD) kits of the Kushaq and Slavia fashions manufactured in India, beginning this 12 months.
In December final 12 months, the Indian Components Expedition Centre achieved a major milestone by being the primary in India to obtain the Indian Inexperienced Constructing Council’s platinum certificates for inexperienced constructing. The certification underscores the ability’s adherence to inexperienced constructing rules, specializing in water conservation, power effectivity, pure useful resource preservation, waste discount, and creating more healthy areas for employees. These efforts align with Škoda Auto’s company technique for a sustainable future.
From Pune, the CKD kits are set to be exported to Vietnam, reflecting Škoda Auto’s growth into that market in September 2023. Vietnam is a part of the ASEAN area the place Škoda Auto strategically leads the Model Group Core and goals to maximise progress for the Volkswagen Group.
Škoda Auto’s re-entry into Kazakhstan in October 2023 marks one other important step in its internationalisation efforts, contributing to the corporate’s aim of increasing its international presence.
Škoda Auto’s manufacturing in 2023 (*rounded figures)
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