The new facility is a further element of Audi’s growth strategy – it creates additional manufacturing capacities which will reduce the pressure on the main plant nearby in Ingolstadt. In Münchsmünster, competence centers have been built for the production of structural car body parts made of die-cast aluminum, hot and cold pressed parts and suspension components.
With the components from Münchsmünster, Audi will extend its leading role in the field of lightweight construction. The hot-pressed steel components and die-cast aluminum parts have the advantage of low weight combined with high strength and the utmost precision. New production methods extend the boundaries of what is technically feasible and push progress forwards.
Production volumes will be gradually increased at the new plant, in which Audi has invested a low three-digit million amount. As of 2016, some 800 people will work in Münchsmünster, including approximately 250 new recruits. The equipment is predominantly from German engineering companies, but also from Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy and Spain. The building work was mainly performed by regional firms.
The facility in Münchsmünster is built upon an area of currently 31 hectares, equivalent to 43 soccer fields, while another eleven hectares are available for future expansion. The plant is about 30 kilometers east of the main Audi plant in Ingolstadt within the village of Münchsmünster. Excellent transport connections are available via the nearby junction of the B16 and B16a federal highways. The Ingolstadt-Regensburg main railway line runs along the northern perimeter of the area. There are plans for side tracks leading directly to the press shop and the hall where suspension components are produced.