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Looks like the demand from Asia is still strong...

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Conversion to two-shift system in the Transparent Factory in Dresden

Production record in 2010 of 7,500 Phaetons

Dresden, 25 January 2011 - Due to increasing demand, the Transparent Factory will now produce the Phaeton in a two shift system. Last year saw around 7,500 Phaetons manufactured - an all-time record for the factory. For 2011, Jürgen Borrmann, regional manager of the factory, expects a further increase.

"The whole team has delivered an outstanding performance in 2010," said Borrmann. "The transition to two-shift system for the transparent factory is an important step towards the future." Borrmann is optimistic: "I am convinced that the team will deliver top results in 2011."

Production starts every day at 6:00am in the morning and ends by 11:00pm. On Friday the second shift ends at 9:00pm. Each day 48 Phaeton are currently assembled by hand. Since the factory opened on 11 December 2001 it has built around 50,000 Phaetons. In the Transparent Factory in Dresden, about 500 people are employed.

Guided tours are offered seven days a week from 9:00am to 6:00pm.
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That is a remarkable bet towards the future... Doing simple math, and not really knowing their holiday system, it looks like they would plan to build around 11,000 Phaetons in 2011.

Cars per day 48
Cars per week 240
Work weeks per year (I'm guessing here) 46
Output per year 11040
 

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That is a remarkable bet towards the future... Doing simple math, and not really knowing their holiday system, it looks like they would plan to build around 11,000 Phaetons in 2011.

Cars per day 48
Cars per week 240
Work weeks per year (I'm guessing here) 46
Output per year 11040
Nope... That's in Germany with at least five or six weeks of vacation time along with closed factories over the holidays. 40-42 weeks would be my guess...
 

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More info on this here (in German) http://www.motor-talk.de/forum/phaeton-begehrt-wie-nie-t3085322.html

Of note:
1. Roughly 30% increase in Phaeton sales in 2010 compared to 2009
2. VW anticipates additional growth of 15-20% in sales in 2011 compared to 2010
3. Work force was increased from 100 to 500
4. They last had double shifts in the fall of 2006
5. 60% of Phaeton sales worldwide are in Asia
6. This year marks the 10 year (!!) anniversary of the Gläserne Manufaktur in Dresden

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