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06/10/20
Ingolstadt/Neckarsulm
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Aluminum Closed Loop in the press shop: More than 350,000 metric tons CO2 emissions saved since introduction

Aluminum Closed Loop in the press shop
  • Aluminum Closed Loop established at Neckarsulm site in 2017; since the beginning of this year in Ingolstadt
  • Aluminum recycling concept integrated into production of seven product lines
  • Marco Philippi, Head of Procurement Strategy: “Use of secondary aluminum enables energy savings of up to 95 percent compared to primary aluminum”

Audi has a long tradition of using aluminum. The first Audi A8 with the Audi Space Frame, a pioneering achievement in lightweight construction, debuted in 1994. Audi continues to use the lightweight metal in various components of what is now the fourth generation of the luxury sedan as part of an innovative multi-material mix. The production of aluminum is very energy intensive, however. Audi therefore manages the material in a recycling loop. This saves precious primary raw materials and helps that the cars enter the use phase with a better environmental balance. The press shops in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm use recycled aluminum for parts of the model lines Audi A3, A4, A5, A6, A7 and A8 models, and also for parts of the Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback. Other sites will follow in due course.

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