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New experiences with old colleagues:

Nearly 30 former employees visited the VW plant in Emden

Many AMF Bruns employees stay in touch with each other even after they have left the company: The second alumni meeting of the year took place on 23 November 2023. The programme included a visit to the VW plant with a factory tour followed by a kale dinner. It was a very successful and informative meeting, attended by almost 30 alumni.

Rolf Claaßen, who organises the regular meetings together with Wolfgang Gerdes, looks back on the eventful day:

“When we arrived at the VW plant in Emden, we were first greeted by Manfred Schmidt from the visitor service. We then watched a film to learn more about the history of the VW plant in Emden: from 1964 to the present day, over 12 million cars have been produced here by 8,000 employees on an area of 4300,000 square metres.

From the Beetle to the electric car

It all began with the production of the legendary VW Beetle, which was built here until 1978. In the years that followed, the VW Passat was one of the most successful models built on the Ems. Cars from sister company Audi also came off the line here.

VW is not only the largest employer in East Frisia, but also the largest industrial production site west of Bremen and north of the Ruhr. Thanks to VW, the Port of Emden is now the third largest car loading port in Europe, after Bremerhaven and Zeebrugge.

Guided tour in “plattdeutscher Sprache” (dialect)

This was followed by a tour of the factory: Manfred Schmidt – who, by the way, also worked for a while at AMF-Bruns in Apen – took us on a two-hour, two-kilometre-long and extremely interesting tour of the production facilities. The special thing about it was that you could listen to the tour in Low German via radio headphones!

The current development of the site was a key topic: production in Emden is currently being converted into an all-electric plant. The new ID4 and ID7 models will roll off the production line here from 2024.

Full of new impressions, we took the bus back to Jübberde, where our host Johann Lühning and his team welcomed us with a delicious kale meal.

Many thanks to Rolf Claassen for this report!

Would you like to stay in touch with former colleagues and share new experiences?

The date for the next AMF-Bruns Alumni Reunion has already been set: It will take place on 30 May 2024 from 15.00 at AMF-Bruns in Apen.
Please register with Rolf Claassen by the end of March 2024.

Email, phone 04488-3138, mobile 0151-21587344

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