Many parts of the Audi A3 Sedan, the engine for example, come from the Győr itself or from local suppliers, while other components are delivered from Slovakia, Germany or other European countries. Most of the transport involved is by train. A network of train tracks runs through the plant area, ending at the engine factory, toolmaking and the press shop. There is also a connection to the external logistics optimizing center. Solely on the new part of the Győr site, the tracks have a total length of 8.8 kilometers.
Quite close to the site there is an external goods-handling area called the “logistics optimizing center.” It is currently designed for about 600 suppliers, which deliver their parts on specified days. The material stored here is sufficient for an average of two to three working days. At another site, there is a supplier park where the suppliers pre-assemble their parts and commission them so that they arrive at the assembly line just in sequence – with short advance notice of one to five hours.
At the plant itself, at the interface between body shop, paint shop and assembly, there is the central body buffer, which ensures the required flexibility of the production flow. With 1,200 square meters of floor space and 30 a height of 30 meters, the building can accommodate up to 414 unpainted and painted car bodies. The central body buffer is designed as a high-rack warehouse and is divided into three zones of equal size.
Three fully automatic shelf pickers, which receive their information from the central computer, transport the car bodies to their parking spaces and later retrieve them in the right order. Powered by electric motors, they carry out 35 placements and retrievals for painting and assembly each hour. With a horizontal speed of 10 kilometers per hour, the 25-ton pickers are quite fast.