Audi is preparing its international production network for the mobility of the future. Large series production of the first purely electric driven SUV from Audi will begin at the site in Brussels in 2018. The plant will also produce its own batteries. The company will transfer production of the Audi A1 from Belgium to Martorell in Spain. The Audi Q3, which is currently produced in Spain, will be built in Győr (Hungary) in the future.
The process of commissioning the other way around: Starting today, logistics employees at Audi will no longer have to fetch the required goods from the material shelves. Instead, the goods will come to them fully automatically on driverless transport systems (DTS). Audi is thus the world’s first automobile manufacturer to implement such a DTS based goods to person concept. The company is currently testing the new method with the commissioning of driver’s manuals at the Audi plant in Ingolstadt.
Audi and the city of Ingolstadt are helping refugees to obtain German school qualifications and to qualify for vocational training. About 20 migrants aged 18 to 25 will be able to attend school for a total of 24 weeks starting in January 2016. Additional classes are already being planned for the coming school years. The automobile manufacturer is providing financial support for these lessons from its immediate aid fund for refugees. Since September, Audi employees at various of the company’s sites have initiated numerous support projects.
Audi’s Production division is improving ergonomics as well as health and safety in its factories. Employees at the plants in Ingolstadt, Neckarsulm, Brussels and Győr are currently testing new medical gloves. These so called production orthoses reduce pressure stress with many assembly tasks by more than 50 percent. It is planned to put the special glove into series application this year.
This Audi drives on rails: A 1,000 horsepower plug in hybrid locomotive manufactured by Alstom replaces the plant locomotives previously used at the Audi plant in Ingolstadt as of today. This means that components and finished Audi models will now reach the plant’s loading stations in a more climate friendly way.
Accessing learning materials at any time, sharing knowledge online and developing work methods independently or in a team: Starting this training year, Audi is rolling out a concept for mobile and digital learning in 16 vocations. The brand with the four rings is the first automotive manufacturer to implement widespread use of tablet computers as learning tools based on a stringent, didactic concept. AUDI AG currently offers apprenticeships in a total of 21 vocations. This Friday, 752 new apprentices begin their careers in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm. In addition, 39 young employees will begin a dual study program.
The Audi plant in Ingolstadt continues to grow: A new paint shop is being built in the north of the plant site. Just over a year after the start of construction, the company is now celebrating the topping out. As of June 2016, Audi employees will paint the first series car bodies for the new Audi A4.
Fred Schulze (48) is to be the new director of the Audi plant in Ingolstadt as of October 1. He is to move from Neckarsulm, where he currently holds the same position, to the main site of the automobile manufacturer. Schulze will succeed to Peter Kössler (56), who, after eight years as plant director in Ingolstadt, will move to AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft. in Győr, Hungary. There, he will succeed to Dr. h.c. Thomas Faustmann (52) as managing director. Dr. Faustmann will be the new director of the Audi plant in Neckarsulm.
In the best location: The Audi Academy has now found its new home between the Danube, the New Castle and the Technical University. Today, Audi inaugurated the new seminar and office building with numerous guests from the fields of politics and business. This is where the company is concentrating its many further-training activities.
Audi is testing systems for the intelligent factory of the future: In a pilot phase at the Audi plant in Ingolstadt that started in February, two robots independently transport cars from production to an interim storage area. From there, they later place the sorted Audi models into position according to their shipping destinations, so that logistics employees can load them onto railway wagons. Audi is now preparing the first industrial application. The company is also examining additional areas of application for such robots.
The health of its employees has top priority for Audi. For this reason, at its plant in Neckarsulm, the company is testing a new technology that eases many assembly activities: the so-called “chairless chair.” This high-tech carbon-fiber construction allows employees to sit without a chair. At the same time, it improves their posture and reduces the strain on their legs.
Direct cooperation between man and machine: At its main plant in Ingolstadt, Audi has for the first time deployed a robot that works “hand-in-hand” with humans – without a safety barrier and ideally adapted to the employees’ working cycles. It is the first human-robot cooperation at the Volkswagen Group to be applied in final assembly. This innovative technology makes work easier for the assembly employees and makes ergonomic improvements.
Jubilee at the Four Rings: 30 years ago today, Audi put a new loading station into operation at its site in Ingolstadt – with a car-loading platform that was unique in the European automobile industry at that time. The innovative idea for the moving platform came from an employee at Audi Logistics. Since then, approximately eight million automobiles have left the Audi plant in Ingolstadt by rail via this platform – faster and more efficiently than before.
Even more dynamic and exact, even stronger and more efficient – since yesterday, seven new and efficient high-precision machines have been officially in operation in Audi’s Toolmaking department. Dr. Frank Dreves, Board of Management Member for Production at AUDI AG, Peter Mosch, Chairman of Audi’s Group Labor Council, and Michael Breme, Head of Toolmaking, inaugurated the new presses and milling machines. The new machines will help to keep toolmaking fit for the future at the site in Ingolstadt.
There is to be an addition to Audi’s Q model family. The Board of Management and the Works Council of AUDI AG today announced that a new model will roll off the assembly lines in Ingolstadt as of 2016: the Q1.
Further information about the official fuel consumption figures and official, specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be found in the “Guide to fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electricity consumption of new cars,” which is available free of charge from all sales outlets and from DAT (Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH), Hellmuth-Hirth-Strasse 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, Germany (http://www.dat.de).