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AFT converts electric overhead monorails (EMS) and floor conveyors for Volkswagen

Following the contract for the body shop last year, AFT received the order for the conversion and adaptation of the conveyor technology in the final assembly.

As part of the transformation of the Zwickau plant into the competence center for electromobility of Volkswagen, existing conveyor technology must be adapted and expanded. Thus, various conveyors, including heavy load conveyors, need to be adapted and converted. Even existing AFT systems must be prepared for the changing requirements of electromobility. As it was already the case with the body shop contract, AFT Schopfheim was commissioned with the adaptation and new delivery of various electric overhead monorail systems. AFT Bautzen, the specialist for floor conveyor technology in the AFT-Group, will be responsible for the modification of converters and push-skid technology. Two new skid conveyor systems are also needed for the delivery of the battery and for wheel installation. In addition, belt conveyor technology in the finish must be adapted to the new vehicle types. In the autumn 2020, these plants will go into operation. According to VW’s plan, only electric cars will be manufactured in Zwickau at the end of 2020.

“We are pleased to continue to take our part in Volkswagen’s electromobility offensive,” said Heiko Hofmann, CEO of the AFT Group.