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////// Groundbreaking Serbia

The most modern and largest production site of the Vorwerk & Sohn Group will create 1,000 new jobs in Serbia.

Ceremonial start of construction work in Cacak, Serbia: On 25 July 2018, the ceremony of the laying of the foundation stone for the new production site of the Vorwerk & Sohn Group took place in Cacak. Numerous guests from politics, business and the international workforce of the Vorwerk & Sohn Group celebrated the start of construction of the new production site.

Together with the Serbian president, Aleksandar Vucic, the Managing Director of Vorwerk & Sohn, Dr. Jürgen Möller, symbolically started the construction work by embedding a time capsule in the ground.  The capsule contains a letter written by Vorwerk, which is intended to capture the zeitgeist for posterity. This is not only about the day of the ceremony, but rather about the basic values of the company and wishes that should come true for this location in the future.

The Managing Partner of the Vorwerk & Sohn Group, Peter Cöllen, recalls in his speech numerous groundbreaking ceremonies in the past. But the project in Serbia surpasses everything. He experienced the most efficient support that one could imagine as an investor and thus quickly gained confidence.

"The Vorwerk & Sohn Group, a company rich in tradition, stands for stability, continuity, but also adaptability, which gives me the courage to be successful even in difficult times in the automotive industry. A big surprise for me personally was that I was able to reach this area, this location, via a road that bears my name. I understand this as an honour for our very large and courageous investment, especially as a commitment and obligation, because we want to create a good, successful and sustainable future for more than 1,000 employees.

This is the latest Vorwerk project, built according to the high international standards of the Vorwerk & Sohn Group which will be further developed in the future. The Serbian plant, which consists of a production hall and a test centre, will employ a total of around 1,000 new employees and will be expanded in several stages over a period of five years.

"In addition to the work force at Vorwerk, the region will also benefit from many new indirect jobs, especially for existing companies. Furthermore, new Vorwerk suppliers will certainly settle in the years to come" says Dr. Jürgen Möller about the development potential in the Cacak region.

The improvement and expansion of further training programs is also planned. The possibility of dual training and contacts with the Serbian Chamber of Commerce will promote the development of professionals and young people.

////// Vorwerk Autotec wins Volkswagen Group Award 2016

Wuppertal / Berlin, 02 June 2016: The Volkswagen has awarded its best suppliers with the Volkswagen Group Award 2016 in Berlin. Vorwerk Autotec (among 20 other suppliers) received the award in view of the flexible and competent corporate performances during the past year.

At the beginning of June, the Volkswagen Group traditionally rewarded its best suppliers for their overall corporate performance with the Volkswagen Group Award 2016. 21 companies were awarded for their power of innovation, product quality, development competency, sustainability and professional project management during the past year. Vorwerk Autotec is one of this year's winners of the Volkswagen Group Award in the category "Global Champion". 240 guests from 24 countries took part in the award ceremony in Berlin. Stylish and symbolic background for the event was the e-Werk in Berlin, one of the first electricity factories in Germany.

"Our company stands for reliable, flexible, yet innovative products and services since 1827", sums up Dr. Jürgen Möller, Managing Director of Vorwerk Autotec GmbH & Co. KG. "This award reinforces us in our work and we pass it on to our employees. We consider it to be an incentive to continue to provide maximum service to our customers and partners in the future."

Continuing to walk the path together

As does Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Board of the Volkswagen Corporation, also Dr. Möller sees the perspective of the automotive industry in "entrepreneurial courage" and the mutual exchange of knowledge. For this reason, Volkswagen AG and Vorwerk Autotec GmbH & Co. KG shall cooperate more intensive and efficient in the future.

"e-mobility, energy efficiency and lightweight construction are important topics of the Volkswagen group and are simultaneously a challenge for Vorwerk Autotec to advance the further development of their own product range", so Möller. "Together, we can walk the path of innovation."

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