AUDI AG has one of the most flexible and efficient production systems in the automotive industry: The Audi Production System (APS) is based on the fundamental principles of cycle, flow, pull and perfection. Audi consistently applies these principles not only in production, but throughout the company. APS can only operate successfully if there is good cooperation of all areas of business along the process chain. In this way, Audi achieves short throughput times in production, low inventories and high productivity with increases of up to ten percent each year. The focus here is on the continuous improvement process – because without sustained improvements, the company’s long-term success would be at risk.
Increasing digitalization is resulting in completely new possibilities for automobile manufacturers. The vision is the smart factory – the intelligent, digitally connected factory. New high‑tech solutions in production enhance the very high quality level even further, while easing work on the assembly lines and ensuring better ergonomics. The focus is on managing complexity, streamlining process chains, avoiding waste and reducing inventories.