The Sarajevo plant was rebuilt in 1998 after the end of the war and now produces around 3,500 vehicles each year for the Bosnian market. In addition to Golf, Polo, Touareg and Passat Volkswagen models, various AUDI and Skoda models and add-on engine components are manufactured as well. Since 1998, the number of employees has risen continuously, from 59 to the current figure of 308.
Environmental protection and energy
Bosnia-Herzegovina's environmental legislation has been completely rewritten since 2004 and now conforms to EU standards. Its significance continues to grow. Companies can now plan by means of established basic conditions, but are not yet subject to official monitoring. Beginning in 2008, production locations will be required to apply for an environmental certificate. The Sarajevo plant has already been certified in the area of occupational safety.
Two critical problems faced by the location are energy consumption and high energy costs. Energy-saving measures should bring improvement both in terms of costs as well as environmental aspects. Energy potential analyses are carried out with this in mind. Parts production at this location include above all exhaust systems, suction pipes and ring gear. The emulsions used for mechanical processing of these car parts are processed on site. Spent emulsions are disposed of externally. The location has a divided sewage system. Sewage is pretreated and then fed into the city's purification plant. In the area of container production, the plant will soon be erecting a new container painting facility. This too will improve the employees' safety standard.