Process Changes and Team Support
Novelties of the F4 and F7 action fields this year
THROUGH EFFICIENCY AND FLEXIBILITY TOWARDS GLOBALISATION
SIMPLY CLEVER SOLUTIONS
CHANGING MINDSETS TO SECURE THE FUTURE
Production settings for electric cars
Action field F4 – Capacities and Products currently responds to the challenges set by the Green Deal for Europe (see the April 2021 issue of ŠKODA Mobil). The European Union introduced it at the end of 2019, and it sets very strict CO2 emission limits for newly sold cars. These limits assume that by 2050, no new internal combustion engine cars will be sold on the territory of the EU member states. These changes will also gradually affect countries that are important car markets for ŠKODA; for example, the United Kingdom plans to ban these cars as early as 2030, with France, Spain and Portugal following suit within 10 years. “This is one of the reasons why, together with our colleagues from the expert departments, we’re looking for concepts to help us transform our operations into the production of electric cars as quickly and effectively as possible. We face a great challenge, which will be reflected not only in changes to the ŠKODA brand portfolio but also in changes to the production and structure of our halls or plants”, says Veronika Sedláková from the PPS-4 – Planning Service department. “We firmly believe that together we will successfully handle this challenge”, she adds.
Electric car production differs fundamentally from the production of a car with an internal combustion engine: from the Press Shop (hot pressing of parts) through the Body Shop (completely different platform), Paint Shop (due to the use of structural aluminium parts, the drying time is significantly extended) and Car Assembly (this involves the installation of a battery weighing several hundred kilogrammes) up to the logistics of new parts, including completely different components (electric motors, batteries). ED
BY 2025, ELECTRIC CARS SHOULD MAKE UP 13 PERCENT OF šKODA’S MODEL PORTFOLIO.
Promoting globalisation and diversity
The carmaker is constantly increasing the level of globalisation and responding to this trend with its F7 action field F7 – Regionalisation. The goal is to increase the number and diversity of international teams. Another goal is to expand and transfer knowledge to the employees of those regions for which ŠKODA AUTO is responsible (India, Russia, North Africa) or with which the P – Production and Logistics area cooperates (China, South Africa, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mexico and Brazil).
Even during the pandemic, the individual production departments supported the international team composition (workers, interns and trainees). They did all this with their objective to fill 1 percent of technical-administrative positions with foreign workers by 2025. Lectures by experts at universities in foreign countries have become an important tool in recruiting these workers. For example, this year, there will be a total of 12 online lectures.
Expanding RMP to the regions
Support through the Role Model Programme (RMP) is equally important. With this programme, managers consolidate our values and corporate culture through open interaction with their foreign colleagues. For example, innovative breakfasts in the regions of Russia and India (three of them have already taken place this year) have become a traditional platform for managers meeting with talents. Thus, the RMP execution contributes to improving the work and personal ties with employees abroad.
At the same time, regionalisation builds on the VW Group’s activities to promote diversity and equal opportunities for women and men worldwide. One of the objectives is to increase the share of women and support female talent for management. In 2025, 15.9 percent of management positions in the Production and Logistics area should be filled by women. ED