As the biggest company in the prospering Heilbronn-Franken economic region, the Neckarsulm site of AUDI AG is one of the most attractive employers in Baden‑Württemberg. The city of Neckarsulm, which takes its name from the Neckar and Sulm rivers, has a population of around 26,000 and provides some 40,000 jobs. The Heilbronn-Franken region provides more than 387,416 jobs, with the automotive industry playing an important role. With 16,995 employees, Audi in Neckarsulm is the region’s biggest employer (as of December 31, 2017).
The Neckarsulm plant has a total area of approx. one million square meters (approx. 11 million sq ft). 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 mi) away in the Böllinger Höfe industrial park within the city limits of Heilbronn. The Audi R8* high-performance sports car is built here at the Audi Sport GmbH craft-scale production facility.
The following models are currently produced at Audi in Neckarsulm: Audi A4 Sedan*, Audi A5 Cabriolet*, Audi S5 Cabriolet*, Audi A6 Sedan* and Audi A6 Avant*, Audi A6 allroad quattro*, Audi S6 Sedan* and Audi S6 Avant*, Audi RS 6 Avant*, Audi RS 6 Avant performance*, Audi A7 Sportback*, Audi S7 Sportback*, Audi RS 7 Sportback performance*, Audi A8*, Audi A8 L*, Audi S8*, Audi R8 Coupé*, Audi R8 Spyder*. At the beginning of the next decade, two electric cars are planned at the Neckarsulm site.
The Technical Development division includes the Lightweight Design Center and the development of fuel-cell technology. Planning for a multi-purpose building on the factory site, with office workplaces and workshop space, is currently underway. In this way, AUDI AG is strengthening and expanding Technical Development at the location. The site’s production planning, logistics planning and plant planning are concerned 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 2.6 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.