Dresden’s Transparent Factory

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

The Transparent Factory (Gläserne Manufaktur), situated in the center of Dresden, is a modern and visually stunning Volkswagen production plant opened in 2002.  What makes this plant unique is it’s almost all glass enclosure and lack of smokestacks, toxic waste, and loud noise.  This particular factory is set up to assemble the Phaeton, Volkswagen’s luxury sedan, and unlike most auto manufacturing plants, visitors and car buyers can get a close look at the process and in some cases help finish the production of their new car.

In 2008, Discovery Channel’s Megaworld show did a segment on the plant and it is really stunning to see the high-tech process that the plant uses to finish the assembly of each car.  If Apple were to make a car, this is probably how their assembly plant would look.  Check out the video below…

Thanks to Donna Lippert for sending in this video to us.

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Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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