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The Transparent Factory

The Transparent Factory in Dresden is one of three production facilities of Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH . The Phaeton was produced in Dresden from 2002 to 2016, and the Volkswagen brand's electric Golf since April 2017 . At the same time, the manufactory is developing into the Center of Future Mobility . In mid-2018, 380 people were employed at the site. From autumn 2020, e-Golf production will be replaced by the ID.3 .


The Transparent Factory is located in Dresden's Seevorstadt-Ost / Großer Garten district near Dresden's baroque city center and forms the north-west corner of the Großer Garten facing the Strasbourg square (Stübelallee). Immediately to the southeast in front of it is the area of ​​the Botanical Garden .


Upper floor: orangery

The City Exhibition Grounds with the Kugelhaus and the City Planetarium were located on the grounds of the Transparent Factory, and later the Exhibition Center Fučík Square . The system was designed by the Munich architects Gunter Henn . During the planning phase, the construction of the factory was the subject of controversial discussions, mainly because of its location on the edge of the Great Garden . The construction led to strong protests, especially among environmentalists. First and foremost, the higher volume of traffic caused by trucks delivering goods, which were supposed to deliver to the new production facility in downtown Dresden, was criticized. In order to alleviate the problem, the city council demanded a city-compatible logistics concept, whereupon VW suggested transporting the freight with the CarGoTram instead of trucks , which ultimately became part of the operating permit for the location. With the exception of the bodies , all components are now brought to the factory with the blue CarGoTram from the VW logistics center at Dresden-Friedrichstadt train station - around 5 kilometers away.

Animal rights activists worried about the birds in view of the large glass facades, while architects criticized the disharmony with the nearby baroque city center. In addition, the “Straßburger Platz” station of the Dresden Park Railway had to be relocated. The old train station was demolished and a new one was built, which was adapted to the design of the Transparent Factory . A citizens' initiative collected 17,600 signatures against the construction of the VW factory on Great Garden - too little to a referendum to force. On July 27, 1999, the foundation stone was laid in the presence of Volkswagen's CEO Ferdinand Piëch , Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and the Saxon Prime Minister Kurt Biedenkopf .

Transparent factory at night
Exhibition on electromobility in the Transparent Factory (2016)
Robot workstation for wheel assembly on the e-Golf (2017)

The Transparent Factory was put into operation on March 19, 2002. In addition to the production facilities, the building also houses a catering facility and a startup incubator . The public was invited to visit the museum until March 23, 2002. Production began even before the official opening. Ferdinand Piëch as Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG and the then Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder gave the starting signal for production on December 11, 2001. The company was set up for the production of the VW Phaeton and offered customers and visitors an insight into the final assembly of the vehicles.

Because the VW subsidiary Bentley in Crewe (Great Britain) was temporarily unable to meet the high demand for its models, the Continental Flying Spur was also assembled here from mid-2005 to the end of 2006 . At that time, the Volkswagen factory in Zwickau was commissioned with the body production of the Bentley and Phaeton . Since the demand for the VW Phaeton decreased in 2013, production of the Bentley Flying Spur was resumed in small numbers at the beginning of November 2013 .

In April 2017, Lars Dittert took over the management of the Gläserne Manufaktur. He studied industrial engineering in Dresden before starting in production controlling at Audi in Neckarsulm. This was followed by four years at Škoda Auto in Mladá Boleslav . There he acted as head of sales and investment controlling. Most recently, Dittert was in charge of controlling at Volkswagen Sachsen and reported to the management in Zwickau as site manager.

After the Phaeton production was stopped on March 18, 2016, the factory was converted at a cost of 20 million euros and on April 8, 2016 it was reopened as an exhibition venue for electromobility and digitalization. The e-Golf has been manufactured in Dresden since April 3, 2017 . Due to the high demand, production has been in two-shift operation again since 2018, producing 72 e-Golfs per day. In the course of the new start of production, around 380 employees are now again working in the Transparent Factory. Since the end of Phaeton production, some of the employees had mostly been employed in other VW plants, especially in Zwickau .

Since the production changeover, the manufactory has developed into a Center of Future Mobility (" Center of Future Mobility "). Customers and visitors can experience the production of the e-Golf live and learn more about the future of mobility in an interactive world of experience for electromobility and digitization. This also includes free test drives through Dresden in electric vehicles. Furthermore, all electric vehicles of the Volkswagen brand are delivered to customers in the Gläserne Manufaktur. In the new start-up incubator program, ten to twelve young start-up companies can develop their ideas for the mobility of the future to market readiness with the support of Volkswagen. You will receive 15,000 euros and housing provided with the support of the state capital Dresden. The young entrepreneurs will stay in the VW Future Mobilty Incubator for six months .

The first broadcast of the crime scene "Eye for Eye" by the MDR took place on November 12, 2017 . Nine days of shooting took place in the factory, part of the building served as a backdrop for the headquarters of the fictitious insurance company "alva".

From autumn 2020, the VW ID.3 will be assembled in the transparent factory.

Web links

Commons : Gläserne Manufaktur  - collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH. Retrieved on July 19, 2018 (German).
  2. Transparent Factory Dresden: The Manufactory. Retrieved on July 18, 2018 (German).
  3. Basic information: Automobilmanufaktur Dresden GmbH. Volkswagen Media Services, March 15, 2012, archived from the original on December 17, 2012 ; Retrieved July 14, 2012 .
  4. The ID.3 will be assembled in the Gläserne Manufaktur in Dresden from autumn 2020. Retrieved January 18, 2020 .
  5. Julia Vollmer: The cargo tram is back . In: SZ-Online . ( [accessed on April 6, 2018]).
  6. Automobile handcraft. Laying of the foundation stone for the Transparent Factory in Dresden. In: BauNetz. July 27, 1999, accessed July 29, 2017.
  7. In the Great Garden: “Transparent Factory” opened in Dresden. In: BauNetz. December 11, 2001, accessed January 30, 2016 .
  8. ^ Volkswagen: Temporary Bentley production in Dresden. In: November 8, 2013, accessed January 30, 2016 .
  9. ^ Lars Dittert is the new head of the VW factory in Dresden. Retrieved on July 18, 2018 (German).
  10. Dr. Andreas Schmidt takes over the management of the Transparent Factory in Dresden . Volkswagen press relations Wolfsburg. December 20, 2011. Retrieved December 22, 2011.
  11. ↑ End of production of the Phaeton on Volkswagen press website ( Memento of the original from March 29, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed March 18, 2016. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  12. Gläserne Manufaktur opens today as a new shop window for electromobility and digitization. Volkswagen, April 8, 2016, accessed on July 18, 2018 (press release).
  13. After conversion: The first e-Golf1 rolls off the assembly line in the Transparent Factory in Dresden today. ( Memento of the original from October 17, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. In: April 3, 2017, Retrieved April 5, 2017. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  14. Volkswagen: Gläserne Manufaktur produces E-Golf for the first time in two-shift operation . ( [accessed July 18, 2018]).
  15. Frank Johannsen: VW customers in Dresden should work on the e-Golf themselves . In: Leipziger Volkszeitung . No. 296 , December 20, 2016, p. 6 .
  16. Gläserne Manufaktur Dresden: Shape the future with us. Retrieved on July 18, 2018 (German).
  17. VW ID.3 is also assembled in the Transparent Factory in Dresden

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