As the biggest company in the prospering Heilbronn-Franken economic region, the Neckarsulm site of AUDI AG is also one of the most attractive employers in Baden‑Württemberg. The city of Neckarsulm, named after the two rivers Neckar and Sulm, has approximately 26,751 inhabitants and provides 37,870 jobs. The Heilbronn-Franken region provides more than 377,237 jobs, with the automotive industry playing an important role. With 16,703 employees, Audi in Neckarsulm is the region’s biggest employer (as of December 31, 2016).
The Neckarsulm plant has a total area of approx. one million square meters (approx. 11 million square feet). It is located between the Neckar to the west, the railway line to the east, the center of Neckarsulm and the company Kolbenschmidt Pierburg AG to the south, and the Bad Friedrichshall business and industrial park to the north. AUDI AG is expanding the plant with an additional 30 hectares about six kilometers (3.7 miles) away in the Böllinger Höfe industrial park within the city limits of Heilbronn. In addition to a logistics center, the Audi R8 high-performance sports car is also built here at the Audi Sport GmbH craft-scale production facility.
The following models are all produced at the plant in Neckarsulm: Audi A4 Sedan, Audi A5/S5 Cabriolet, Audi A6 Sedan and Avant, Audi A6 allroad quattro, Audi S6 Sedan and Avant, RS 6 Avant and RS 6 Avant performance, Audi A7 Sportback, Audi S7 Sportback, Audi RS 7 Sportback, Audi RS 7 Sportback performance, Audi A8, Audi A8 L, Audi A8 L W12, Audi S8, Audi S8 plus, Audi R8 Coupé and Audi R8 Spyder. Audi Neckarsulm is one of the most complex factories in Europe and one of the sites in the Volkswagen Group with the greatest product diversity.
Technical development at the site comprises the Lightweight Design Center, the development of fuel-cell technology and engine development. The press shop, the paint shop and the toolmaking division serve key functions in the value creation chain and in the expansion of Audi’s technological leadership. The site’s production planning, logistics planning and plant planning are occupied with the future of the plant, with mastering the increasing complexity and with new technologies.
The Audi Forum Neckarsulm is a driving force in the region and far beyond. Since it was opened in May 2005, more than 2.4 million people have visited the facility to pick up their new cars, to experience discovery tours of the plant, or to attend the diverse events and conferences held at the Forum.