In March 2014, ATB put its new toolmaking Tryout Center and a new office building into operation. The Tryout Center at Audi Tooling Barcelona allows the efficient tryout and testing of tools for all body parts separately from production. The finished tools are then sent to the press shop as ready for production and with checked functions. A wide range of ultramodern equipment is in use on floor space of more than 4,000 square meters at the Tryout Center at Audi Tooling Barcelona. The highlights of the technical equipment include three hydraulic tryout presses, each with a press force of 2,500 tons. They can simulate the slide curves of all presses in series production and thus guarantee that the tools are optimally ready for use.
A large milling machine completes the equipment. It can process components up to a size of five meters. Its foundations are made of polymer concrete and are spring mounted, which prevents vibrations in the vicinity from affecting the surface quality of the tools being processed. With a maximum operating speed of 24,000 revolutions per minute, the machine processes the tools extremely dynamically and precisely. Audi Toolmaking places great importance on the efficiency of the equipment it uses and on its resource conservation. For example, the building is heated with a biomass heating plant.
The expanded infrastructure also includes an office building where administration and engineering functions are accommodated, immediately adjacent to the factory hall. The new building complex has floor space of more than 2,000 square meters (21,500 sq. ft.) and offers the employees high technical standards and short distances between the various departments, thus ensuring optimal working and collaboration conditions.
Facts and figures
Chairman of the Board of Management: Prof. Rupert Stadler
Chairman of the Supervisory Board: Matthias Müller
Employees (AUDI AG): 59,506 (as of December 31, 2015)
Employees (Audi Group): 84,435 (as of December 31, 2015)
Deliveries to customers (2015): 1,803,250 automobiles of the Audi brand
Production (2015): 1,830,334 automobiles (including Lamborghini and CKD)
Audi Tooling Barcelona
Audi start of production: 2003