KUKA Fulfills Automation Drive of FAW-Volkswagen in China

FAW-Volkswagen manufactures up to 300,000 battery packs per year in Fo-shan in southern China. The facility uses around 100 KUKA robots in production, where they weld, glue, or package.

Specifically, the production facility, MEB Smart Factory, was built to produce the all-electric MEB platform. MEB stands for Modular E-Drive System. For the Volkswagen Group, it is a reference factory for electric vehicles and a flagship for the global automotive industry around automation, smart production, and digitalization. The level of automation at the MEB factory is up to 82 percent.

More than 100 KUKA robots weld, glue, or pack in the MED Smart Factory. (© KUKA Group)

In the factory, welding lines for battery trays are lined up with battery packaging lines. In addition, there are testing devices and logistics. Robots from KUKA weld and glue on the automated welding line for battery cases. Also, these robots support the packaging of the battery packs. There, robots from the KR QUANTEC, KR FORTEC, and KR titan families work together to fully automate the packaging process.

The FAW-Volkswagen branch in Foshan was established in December 2011. Since then, it has been an important part of the FAW Group’s development strategy in South China. In addition to four large production facilities for stamping, welding, painting, and final assembly, the state-of-the-art MEB Smart Factory was also built here, where FAW-Volkswagen manufactures the core components of electric vehicles.