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Audi stands for premium quality – thanks to a worldwide, flexible production network, highly qualified employees and one of the most efficient production systems in the entire automotive industry. Increasing digitalization is paving the way for the Smart Factory – the intelligent, digitally connected factory of the future. New high-tech solutions enhance the high quality level even further, while facilitating work in production and ensuring better ergonomics. Audi also pursues ambitious goals in environmental protection. The objective is for all Audi sites to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2025 – the plant in Brussels has already been carbon-neutral since the production start of the Audi e-tron in 2018. In its environmental program “Mission:Zero,” Audi consolidates its environmental protection measures in production in the four action areas of decarbonization in production and logistics, water usage, resource efficiency and biodiversity.

Basic information

  • 04/05/17

    Body development at Audi – innovation, quality and precision

    Audi is writing a new chapter in its successful history of lightweight design. For the coming generation of the Audi A8, an intelligent mix of four materials will be used in the body structure for the first time – more than in any of the brand’s previous production models. The luxury sedan is thus once again rightfully claiming its role as an innovation driver in automotive lightweight design. A tradition that dates back to the year 1994, when the A8 with its aluminum unitary body in Audi Space Frame (ASF) design caused quite a sensation.

Press Releases

  • 09/15/20

    A story about tomorrow: Audi at the GREENTECH FESTIVAL

    Audi is a founding partner of Nico Rosberg’s GREENTECH FESTIVAL. Under the motto “A story about tomorrow,” the company is showing how it is striving to achieve its self-defined vision of net CO2 neutrality by 2050. The company is taking measures along the entire value chain in pursuit of this goal. In addition, the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept show car is making its show debut at the festival. It provides a tangible look at the brand’s first electric car in the compact segment and is the gateway to the world of premium electric mobility. Strategic partnerships with Climeworks and the Audi Environmental Foundation underscore Audi’s efforts to help achieve the Paris climate goals.
  • 07/28/20

    Audi uses drones to locate vehicles at Neckarsulm site

    Audi is using a specially developed drone system to locate vehicles that are ready for dispatch at the Neckarsulm site. The flying device flies over the vehicle dispatch area at the Audi site in Neckarsulm autonomously. The drone uses GPS and RFID technology to identify and save the exact position of all vehicles it flew over, thereby helping Audi employees to plan the necessary steps from completion of the vehicles to dispatch to the customers.
  • 07/21/20

    Predictive Maintenance: Audi Maintenance uses data to predict the future

    Smart, digital maintenance: The “Predictive Maintenance” project at the Audi Neckarsulm site makes maintaining production equipment more efficient and reduces production downtime. Maintenance experts collect and interpret associated data and can predict wear on production equipment.
  • 07/13/20

    Innovation leap in logistics: Audi develops first Supermarket 2.0 for the automotive industry

    The Audi plants have been using automated guided vehicles (AGVs) for many years. These vehicles assist in supermarkets – logistics areas where employees pre-pick components in the correct sequence. The company is reversing the sequencing principle for the first time in Supermarket 2.0. Here goods come to the employee rather than the other way around. This is all made possible thanks to innovative control software developed by Audi experts together with Ingolstadt-based start-up arculus.
  • 04/17/20

    Audi production gradually restarts in Europe

    Audi will gradually initiate the restart of production at its plants in Europe during the coming weeks. In mid-March, the company announced the temporary suspension of production at its European sites. The background to the decision was supply bottlenecks and a drop in demand due to the corona pandemic. The upcoming regulated restart in the worldwide Audi production network together with suppliers and service providers will be coordinated with the Volkswagen Group. The main component of the restart is a comprehensive package of measures that focuses on the safety of employees. In this respect, Audi is following the guidelines of the Robert Koch Institute and the regulations of the health authorities of the respective country.
  • 02/18/20

    5G in production: Audi and Ericsson take the next step together

    Audi is taking the next step towards the production of the 5G: Together with the Swedish network provider Ericsson, Audi is presenting a new pilot project in human-robot interaction. One of the first case to be shown will be an automation application connected via 5G with a focus on personal safety.
  • 02/12/20

    Virtual training and intelligent algorithms: Audi is counting on “smart logistics”

    Shelves that label themselves, cooperation in virtual spaces, and high-performance computers that make autonomous decisions: In the Supply Chain department at Audi, this is no longer a future vision - as is demonstrated by selected examples at different production sites.
  • 02/11/20

    AudiStream: Virtual journey through the world of production at Audi in Ingolstadt

    View the Audi A3 body shop on your screen; go to the Audi A4 assembly line with a mouse click: With AudiStream, Audi is the first manufacturer to offer interactive factory tours. Starting from Wednesday, February 12, interested parties can experience production processes of the brand at the Ingolstadt site online and in English language, both from the comfort of their own homes and while on the go. Experienced tour guides accompany the virtual tour and answer questions in the live stream.
  • 02/06/20

    Audi production digitalizes maintenance with an app

    App based maintenance: As of now, some 150 maintenance staff at the Audi plant in Ingolstadt will be working digitally. The “Audi Mobile Maintenance” app will help them carry out maintenance work even faster and more efficiently in the future.
  • 12/11/19

    Being tested: Audi production tests exoskeletons for overhead tasks

    Audi wants to further improve its employees’ ergonomics in its production facilities. For this reason, the company is currently conducting a comparative study of two exoskeletons. These external support structures are designed to help employees when they are performing overhead tasks by protecting their joints and tiring their muscles less quickly. All in all, around 60 employees are currently using these tools over a period of several weeks at selected workstations in assembly, the paint shop and tool construction at the Ingolstadt site.
  • 11/05/19

    Audi adopts “overspray-free painting” in series production

    Protecting the environment and cutting costs: Using the method known as overspray-free painting, Audi is now able to apply two different colors in the same painting process. The new technique is being adopted for the first time for the “edition one” limited-edition models of the A4 Sedan* and A5 Coupé*, which were updated in 2019. The customer has the option of choosing a roof in brilliant black. Audi is the first car manufacturer to adopt this environmentally friendly technique in series production.
  • 09/27/19

    Leadership change at the Ingolstadt site: Achim Heinfling takes over as new Plant Manager

    From Győr to Ingolstadt: Achim Heinfling, currently Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI HUNGARIA Zrt., will become the new Plant Manager at the headquarters of AUDI AG in Ingolstadt. Heinfling succeeds current Plant Manager Albert Mayer on October 1, 2019.
  • 09/12/19

    It’s good for the environment and employees: Audi trials new sealing process at the paint shop

    At its paint shop in Győr, Hungary, Audi is testing a new method of body sealing. Before a car is given its paint finish, a paste-like sealing material is applied to areas such as the weld seams. This improves vehicle acoustics, guards against corrosion and seals off the interior. The new method grants complete freedom in determining the thickness and width of material to be applied. This makes it possible to apply the sealing material more quickly and with supreme precision.
  • 05/07/19

    Silver jubilee: Audi A4 celebrates its 25th birthday

    Audi is celebrating a major production anniversary in the premium mid size segment: 25 years ago, the first Audi A4 drove off the assembly line in Ingolstadt. Since then, the brand with the Four Rings has produced more than 7.5 million units of the model. A quarter of a century after its birth, demand is unabated for the Audi A4, now in its fifth generation. With 344,586 units sold in 2018, the A4 is the world’s most popular model of the Four Rings. Approximately every fifth Audi delivered worldwide today comes from this series.
  • 03/06/19

    Audi installs used lithium-ion batteries in factory vehicles

    A second life for batteries from electric cars: Audi is testing factory vehicles powered by used lithium-ion batteries at its main plant in Ingolstadt. Like all automobile manufacturers, Audi is obliged by law to take back energy carriers after they have been used in cars. Because they still have a large proportion of their original charging capacity, an interdisciplinary project team is now investigating how batteries from Audi e-tron* test vehicles, for example, or from hybrid models such as the Audi A3 e-tron and Audi Q7 e-tron, can continue to be used sensibly. A number of other advantages have already become apparent during the test phase.
  • 02/01/19

    Audi saved nearly €110 million with clever employee ideas in 2018

    More efficient through ingenuity: In 2018, Audi employees submitted more than 25,000 ideas, and the company implemented approximately 13,500 suggestions for improvement. Last year, the brand with the Four Rings saved €109.1 million at the Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm sites. Some of this was returned to the employees in the form of bonuses: a total of €8.1 million.
  • 10/15/18

    Audi optimizes quality inspections in the press shop with artificial intelligence

    As one of the first automobile manufacturers worldwide, Audi plans to apply machine learning (ML) in series production. The software Audi has developed recognizes and marks the finest cracks in sheet metal parts – automatically, reliably and in a matter of seconds. With this project, Audi is promoting artificial intelligence at the company and revolutionizing the testing process in production.
  • 09/21/18

    Audi uses modular solution for virtual-reality training

    Planning virtual training courses with almost no programming knowledge. With the so-called Virtual Reality (VR) Software Development Kit (SDK), trainers at Audi with IT experience will design the content of their training courses themselves in the future. Until now, this could be done only by programmers and was very time-consuming and complex. That has all been changed by a newly developed module solution from Audi’s brand logistics. Apprentices at the plant in Ingolstadt are now practicing the “pick-by-light” method for the first time with VR training.
  • 08/02/18

    Audi and Ericsson to pioneer 5G for automotive manufacturing

    Premium automobile manufacturer Audi and 5G innovation leader Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) are announcing plans to pioneer the use of 5G technology for automotive production. At Audi’s headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany, the two companies agreed on a range of activities exploring the potential of 5G as a future-proof communication technology that can meet the high demands of automotive production. Audi and Ericsson have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and in the coming months, experts from both companies will run field tests in a technical center at the “Audi Production Lab” in Gaimersheim, Germany.
  • 02/22/18

    Audi tests “virtual reality holodeck” for faster product development

    Audi is now testing a so-called virtual-reality holodeck for assessing the design of new car models. This technology creates a walkable, virtual environment with a three-dimensional image of a car. That allows development engineers and production experts to gain a realist overall impression of a new model and its proportions at an early stage. In this way, Audi can reduce the number of complex physical test models, thus saving development time and costs.
  • 01/19/18
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    Good ideas from employees: AUDI AG saves approximately €108.6 million in 2017

    Record results for the Audi Ideas Program: AUDI AG accepted and implemented approximately 15,000 suggestions for improvements from employees in 2017. This led to savings for the automobile manufacturer at its plants in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm of approximately €108.6 million last year, which is 23.4 percent more than in the previous year.
  • 10/06/17

    Audi’s Smart Factory Hackathon: 25 hours to devise new software ideas

    Startup spirit with Audi’s Smart Factory Hackathon: From October 4 through October 6, the Audi Forum Ingolstadt played host for the second time to all things big data, machine learning, algorithms and data visualization. Around 80 talented data scientists from around the world developed software solutions for the factory of the future, on the basis of real data sets from Audi Production. The “Tricycle” team won the programming competition. The students from Karlsruhe and Munich convinced the jury with their idea on “Defect mapping in body manufacturing.”​
  • 09/01/17

    Audi transport with DB Cargo CO2-free all over Germany

    Audi’s logistics department is a pioneer for climate protection. As of now, all rail transport for AUDI AG in Germany is CO2-free. Audi is the first company in Germany to organize its logistics operations by rail to be completely CO2-neutral. By changing over to DB Cargo’s “DBeco plus” product, the company will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 13,000 tons each year, achieving an important milestone along the way to CO2-neutral production.
  • 04/05/17

    Looking ahead to the new Audi A8: Space Frame with a unique mix of materials

    Audi is writing a new chapter in its lightweight design success story. For the next generation of the Audi A8*, an intelligent mix of four materials is being used for the first time in the weight-bearing body structure – more materials than in any of the brand’s previous production models. The luxury sedan is thus once again rightfully claiming its role as an innovation driver in automotive lightweight design: Its low weight and impressive rigidity offer greater performance, efficiency and safety.
  • 02/15/17

    Audi wins VDA Logistics Award for automated vehicle transport

    A prize for a pioneering achievement: Audi has won the Logistics Award for 2017 from the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) in recognition of its FTS driverless vehicle transport system. The autonomously operating system has been in production operation at the Ingolstadt site since the beginning of the year. The parking robot named Ray sorts up to 2,000 cars per day for loading onto railway freight cars. This application is the only one of its kind to date in the automotive industry.
  • 10/01/16

    Audi México: state-of-the-art technology for top quality

    The Audi plant in San José Chiapa officially opened today. The guiding principle here is “made by Audi”: The Audi Production System (APS) implements a uniformly high standard for quality worldwide. To validate its premium quality, the company is networking its new plant with other sites in the Audi global production network. Working in the production control center, known as P-Control, are 105 employees from various technical disciplines, who monitor how the new Audi Q5 is produced from a bird's-eye view. In combination with the site’s quality laboratory and training center, Audi ensures compliance with the quality standards that apply to its production facilities worldwide.

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