Interim Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG
Member of the Board of Management Sales and Marketing
Speech at the Anniversary Event, 25 Years of Audi Hungaria
September 20, 2018
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Minister, Ambassador, Mayor, Members of the Supervisory Board, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen!
Üdvözlöm Önöket! Welcome! Today, we are celebrating 25 years of success stories in Hungary. We are all very proud of that! I welcome you all on behalf of AUDI AG here in the world’s biggest engine plant. Győr is a strong member of our Audi family, thanks to outstanding work and expertise.
In 1993, we found a new home here. Out of 180 possible locations in Europe, we chose this one, 630 kilometers from Ingolstadt. Today, Audi Hungaria produces up to 9,000 engines and 700 Audi cars every day. To date, Audi Hungaria has produced more than 34 million engines in total. We are the second-largest company in Hungary and the biggest employer in the Hungarian automotive industry. Since July 2018, we have also been producing electric motors in Győr. This has opened up a new chapter in our Audi story. I have just returned from the world premiere of our first electric car in San Francisco. A Hungarian heart beats in every Audi e-tron! A powerful electric motor. By 2025, we will offer our customers an electrified variant in each Audi model series. Audi Hungaria is also likely to produce cars with electric drive. Because that is the drive system of the future!
Ladies and gentlemen, Audi listens – and develops appropriate solutions. The mobility of the future is an exciting task. And that includes autonomous driving, on-board connectivity and sustainable drive systems. We are shaping the future with our hearts and passion, also here in Győr. Audi Hungaria is a synonym for powerful, efficient engines.
This site is an engine of our growth. And that is due to the more than 12,900 employees here. Some of them are here today. At first glance, the color of your jackets is a reminder of the typical Audi red. But since we are in Hungary, when I see your paprika-red jackets, I think above all of your fire, your speed and your passion. A big thank you to all the Audi people in Hungary!
My dear Minister, at this point, I also thank the Hungarian government. Hungary received us with open arms 25 years ago. You believed in us and supported our plans. Thank you for doing so! We are giving back and are happy to invest here. Hungary is one of Central Europe's most attractive industrial locations for the automotive sector. Through Audi Hungaria, its service providers and its suppliers, we secure the employment of more than 30,000 people in Hungary.
Ladies and gentlemen, no company in the world can do such great things alone. We need partners. Local politics also contribute to our great success here in Győr. The excellent cooperation with Mayor Borkai is something I would like to highlight at this point. Mutual trust is the basis for a good partnership. A 25-year partnership that we look forward to continuing.
Nagyon köszönöm! Thank you very much!