Now more than ever, the new Panamera is a product of Saxony. The latest generation of the sporty saloon will be manufactured in its entirety at the Leipzig factory. Porsche has invested €500 million to make this possible, impressively demonstrating our commitment to Leipzig. Over the past two years, a completely new body shop has been created for production of the Panamera.
In addition, logistics have been expanded to satisfy the new requirements. This means that, overall, Porsche has invested €1.3 billion in the Leipzig factory since the foundation stone was laid in February 2000.
Body shop: Completion in record time
The fourth major factory expansion was launched in March 2014, coinciding with the decision to relocate the complete production of the Panamera to Leipzig. From the start of production of the fourth series in 2009, the painted bodies came from the Volkswagen factory in Hanover. Pre- and final assembly then took place in Leipzig. Construction of the new body shop began in summer 2014 and was completed in record time. Construction of the factory started in February 2015 and the first pre-production vehicles came off the assembly line at the end of 2015. The production area of approximately 56,000 sq. m is divided into the assembly of pre-assembled units and add-on parts (20,000 sq. m) and the production lines (approx. 36,000 sq. m). Work went on continuously at the construction site, even at weekends. In addition to the new body shop, other areas of production were expanded to increase capacity in assembly and adapt the infrastructure, among other things, and a logistics centre was built.
Quality centre: Vehicle optimisation in one place
A new quality centre was built as part of the expansion work for the new Panamera. All aspects of vehicle optimisation are concentrated in one place in an area of more than 6,000 sq. m. This includes the master jig/cubing area, where sheet metal parts of the bodywork and mechanical parts are tested and tuned. In addition to this is the start-up centre, where pre-production vehicles are built from the painted body up to commissioning, as well as a central training area for employees. The extension also includes a new training centre. The topping out ceremony is scheduled for 28 July 2016. In the future, Porsche Leipzig will bring together training for all professions represented at the site onto an area of about 5,000 sq. m.
Tripling the production area: Leipzig became a fully-fledged production facility for the Macan
Previously, the biggest extension phase of the Leipzig factory came with the start of production of the Macan. The previous assembly factory, where the Cayenne was manufactured from August 2002 and the Panamera from September 2006, was expanded to a fully-fledged production facility between October 2011 and February 2014. Porsche built a new body shop and a cutting-edge paint shop at a cost of €500 million on a 17-hectare site. The production area tripled its size from 79,700 to 245,900 sq. m. It was the largest ever construction project in Porsche’s history. In a group-wide invitation to tender, Porsche Leipzig GmbH had previously proved to be an ideal location for the production of the Macan. The main reason was the highly skilled workforce. Porsche Leipzig created 1,500 new jobs with production of the Macan and the associated expansion to a fully-fledged production facility.
Planned expansion: Thinking early on about the future
The foundations for the factory expansions recently seen in Leipzig were laid by Porsche many years ago. Back in 2005, when the decision was made to manufacture the Panamera in Leipzig, there were initial concepts as to how the factory would look in 2015 and 2020. Porsche were taking an early look into the future when planning this factory’s structure, so that additional construction and extensions which have been carried out in recent years are testament to the planned evolution of the factory. When Porsche announced on 16 March 2011 that they were going to build a second sports utility vehicle in Leipzig besides the Cayenne, the basic plans for it had already been drawn up. The factory’s efficiency is now underscored by the last financial year. In 2015, a total of 180,771 vehicles rolled off the assembly line in Leipzig.
Staged expansion: Carrera GT was the first highlight
There were two key stages even before the expansion to a fully-fledged production facility in 2014. In 2004, Porsche expanded the assembly plant at a cost of about €130 million, thus creating the conditions needed to manufacture 1,270 units of the Carrera GT super sports car in a separate manufacturing area. A 25,000 sq. m assembly hall and a 23,500 sq. m logistics centre costing €50 million were built between July 2006 and June 2008 for production of the first generation of the Panamera. The existing Cayenne assembly plant was also expanded to include a pilot and analysis centre and a training workshop.