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Volkswagen plans over two-fold increase in headcount

autos Updated: Sep 06, 2009 11:34 IST
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Europe's largest car maker Volkswagen is planning to more than double its India headcount with addition of 1,500 employees at its Chakan plant alone in Maharashtra.

The group, which started production at Chakan near Pune in March 2008, is looking at full-capacity production at this plant by 2012 and would need to strengthen its staff strength for the same, its India head said.

Volkswagen has two facilities in India at Aurangabad and Chakan, which assembles cars of its three brands -- Skoda, Audi and Volkswagen.

"We opened our Chakan facility this year and it is producing Skoda Fabia now, but in small numbers. When we will launch the small car Polo next year, the numbers will increase," Volkswagen Group India President and Managing Director Joerg Mueller told PTI.

The company is now undertaking pre-production testing of Polo at the Rs 3,800-crore Chakan plant, which has an annual capacity of 1.10 lakh units.

"Currently we have about 1,000 people employed with the group. We will require a strength of 2,500 employees once the plant will start production at full capacity in the next 2-3 years," Mueller said.

The company would increase its headcount to 1,200 by the end of this year, he added.