Audi extends 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 centre.

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 centre.

– New R8 production and logistics centre 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 “Audi Böllinger Höfe” logistics center is a central point for supplying materials for production. Every day, some 4,500 containers are handled.

The “Audi Böllinger Höfe” logistics centre is a central point for supplying materials for production. Every day, some 4,500 containers are handled.

The Neckarsulm plant is expanding its competence in small series production with the new Audi Böllinger Höfe R8 production facilities.

The Neckarsulm plant is expanding its competence in small series production with the new Audi Böllinger Höfe R8 production facilities.

Every day, 10 sports cars are manufactured in the 30,000 m² R8 production.

Every day, 10 sports cars are manufactured in the 30,000 m² R8 production.

NECKARSULM, Germany, 17 October 2014 —— AUDI AG inaugurated the Audi Böllinger Höfe in Heilbronn – an important step in the future and growth strategy of the Neckarsulm site. A state-of-the-art logistics centre and production of the Audi R8 are already up and running in the Böllinger Höfe industrial park – situated around six kilometres 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 optimising 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.”

At the official opening of the Audi Böllinger Höfe facilities, Works Council Chairman Norbert Rank, Logistics Manager Dieter Braun, Plant Manager Fred Schulze, Heilbronn Lord Mayor Harry Mergel, Production Manager Jochen Wagner and quattro GmbH Managing Director Heinz Hollerweger (from left to right) fired the starting shot for R8 production.

At the official opening of the Audi Böllinger Höfe facilities, Works Council Chairman Norbert Rank, Logistics Manager Dieter Braun, Plant Manager Fred Schulze, Heilbronn Lord Mayor Harry Mergel, Production Manager Jochen Wagner and quattro GmbH Managing Director Heinz Hollerweger (from left to right) fired the starting shot for R8 production.

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 25 August – just under three weeks after the last Audi R8 came off the production line at the Neckarsulm plant.

Back in March, the new logistics centre started operating with around 22,500 storage places. The logistics centre 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 centralised 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 centre and the Neckarsulm plant. The innovative live tracking enables schedules to be adjusted flexibly to the traffic situation and also optimises 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.

Audi takes root in Heilbronn. Production Manager Jochen Wagner, quattro GmbH Managing Director Heinz Hollerweger, Heilbronn Lord Mayor Harry Mergel, Plant Manager Fred Schulze, Logistics Manager Dieter Braun and Works Council Chairman Norbert Rank (from left to right) opened the Audi Böllinger Höfe facilities

Audi takes root in Heilbronn. Production Manager Jochen Wagner, quattro GmbH Managing Director Heinz Hollerweger, Heilbronn Lord Mayor Harry Mergel, Plant Manager Fred Schulze, Logistics Manager Dieter Braun and Works Council Chairman Norbert Rank (from left to right) opened the Audi Böllinger Höfe facilities

*Fuel consumption of the models named above:

Audi R8: 

Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 14.9 – 12.4 (15.8 – 19.0 US mpg); 

Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 346 – 289 (556.8 – 465.1 g/mi); Efficiency class: G

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[Source : Audi]

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