Audi erweitert Neckarsulmer Standort

Η Audi ανακοίνωσε την επέκταση του εργοστασίου της στο Neckarsulm της Γερμανίας κατά 23 εκτάρια, περίπου το 1/4 της συνολικής έκτασης του εργοστασίου. Στο εργοστάσιο εγκαινιάστηκε η παραγωγή του R8 καθώς και ένα νέο κέντρο logistics που περιλαμβάνει 22.500 θέσεις αποθήκευσης και μπορεί να χειριστεί περίπου 4.500 εμπορευματοκιβώτια την ημέρα.

Το εργοστάσιο κατασκευάζει 6 μοντέλα και 20 εκδόσεις τους, κάνοντας το ένα από τα μεγαλύτερα και πιο πολύπλοκα εργοστάσια του VW Group. Σε αυτό κατασκευάζεται το νέο R8, η παραγωγή του οποίου ξεκίνησε στις 25 Αυγούστου, ακριβώς τρεις εβδομάδες μετά τη παραγωγή του τελευταίου R8 της προηγούμενης γενιάς.

Η Audi μέχρι το 2018 θα επενδύσει 22 δισ. ευρώ στα εργοστάσια της σε όλο τον κόσμο, με τα μισά χρήματα των επενδύσεων να προορίζονται για τα εργοστάσια της επί γερμανικού εδάφους, με το εργοστάσιο στο Neckarsulm να απορροφά κατά μέσο όριο 650 εκατ. ευρώ ετησίως.

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Audi extends Neckarsulm site 

  • New R8 production and logistics center inaugurated
  • Small-scale production competence reinforced
  • Audi Board Member for Production Dr. Hubert Waltl: “Extension important element for the future of the Neckarsulm site”

The expansion of the Neckarsulm site “Audi Böllinger Höfe” covers an area of 23 hectares. Operations have commenced at the R8 production facilities and at the logistics center.

AUDI AG inaugurated the Audi Böllinger Höfe in Heilbronn today – an important step in the future and growth strategy of the Neckarsulm site. A state-of-the-art logistics center and production of the Audi R8 are already up and running in the Böllinger Höfe industrial park – situated around six kilometers from the main plant in Neckarsulm.

“Our domestic sites are our backbone, and the investment in the Audi Böllinger Höfe is a significant milestone for the Neckarsulm site,” explains Dr. Hubert Waltl, Board Member for Production at AUDI AG. Through 2018 the company will be investing more than €22 billion worldwide. About half of the Audi investment will go to the German sites, with on average more than €650 million per year invested in the Neckarsulm site. “This extension will substantially relieve the pressure on the plant, as the growing range of models and production complexity increasingly require more space,” Waltl adds. With six models and 20 derivatives, Neckarsulm is one of the plants with the greatest product diversity and complexity in the entire Volkswagen Group. The Audi Böllinger Höfe site covers 23 hectares, around a quarter of the total area of the plant in Neckarsulm. Norbert Rank, Chairman of the Works Council in Neckarsulm, comments: “With the commissioning of the Böllinger Höfe we are creating the necessary scope for further optimizing the structures at the Neckarsulm site. And we managed to bring together central areas of quattro GmbH. We are also creating more jobs in our region.”

The Audi Böllinger Höfe site will also be home to the new R8 production facility. Various production areas, which were previously accommodated separately at the Neckarsulm plant, have now been brought together under a single roof. In particular, pre-series and series production as well as quality assurance benefit from the rapid, interdisciplinary networking. Hence the Neckarsulm site is also reinforcing its small-scale production competence. The newly created production area can be used even more efficiently and flexibly thanks to technological and ergonomic innovations. R8 production got underway in the Böllinger Höfe on August 25 – just under three weeks after the last Audi R8 came off the production line at the Neckarsulm plant.

Back in March, the new logistics center started operating with around 22,500 storage places. The logistics center is a central point for supplying materials for production. Logistics experts handle around 4,500 containers a day. Goods flows, which were processed in five external stores before the new facility was built, are now being coordinated via a centralized location. The result is further a reduction in shipments, and transfer of truck traffic from the Heilbronn urban area to the industrial park. Another improvement comes in the shape of the GPS tracking of individual shipments between the logistics center and the Neckarsulm plant. The innovative live tracking enables schedules to be adjusted flexibly to the traffic situation and also optimizes routing.

“For the city of Heilbronn the Audi location is the largest industrial development for decades,” is how Lord Mayor Harry Mergel underlines the importance of the Audi Böllinger Höfe for the region. Cars are set to be produced in Heilbronn once again after many years, bringing with it secure jobs.