SAO PAULO – Volkswagen AG is creating a program for Brazilian employees to suggest ways to reduce costs, called Programa Paraticipe and Banco de Talentos. Thomas Schmall, director of the Audi AG/VW plant in metro Curitiba, meanwhile, has assembled 20 teams to reduce costs, varying from drinking water to placement of screws in the Golf and Audi vehicles produced there. Already, drinking water costs have been reduced by 85%. Overall savings from the program, so far, amounts to $7 million ...

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