|Ingolstadt - The new Audi toolmaking
shop in Ingolstadt, which took around two years to complete, was
officially inaugurated today in the presence of Hermann Regensburger,
Bavarian State Secretary of the Interior, representatives of the
city of Ingolstadt and companies involved in construction. Audi
invested around DM 120 million in this project.
The new Audi toolmaking shop
Photo: Audi AG
|"This new building, with
its state-of-the-art technologies and logistics concepts, will keep
the Audi Toolmaking Division competitive. It will therefore make
a valuable contribution to the quality of our vehicles and do much
to ensure the success of the Audi brand," commented Jürgen Gebhardt,
Member of the Board of AUDI AG for Production. Around 750 staff
are employed in toolmaking at the Ingolstadt plant.
The new building
covers an area of around 27,000 square metres (110 x 260 metres).
Equipment highlights include 17 running-in presses with a pressing
force of up to 2,100 tons, eight large machining tools, including
four new systems interlinked by a pallet system, and a "try-out
area" for assembling complete body manufacturing lines up to 75
The first construction phase for the new toolmaking shop, which
was completed in summer 1999, saw the production of the tools for
the Audi A2, the first volume-production aluminium model. "The forming
process for the one-piece aluminium side-panel frame was developed
by our employees, and a patent application for it has now been filed,"
remarked Michael Kaltenecker, Head of the Toolmaking Division at
Wolfgang Förster, Deputy Chairman of the Works Council of AUDI
AG: "The design and layout of the new toolmaking shop offer our
employees better working conditions. The perceived sound level,
for example, has been reduced by half. Lifting platforms can be
used to set individual working heights and cooling ceilings in offices
make sure that temperatures remain at a pleasant level in the hot
months of summer."
Besides Audi, the Audi toolmaking shop is to supply pressing
tools, body manufacturing lines and assembly appliances for the
production of body panels and assemblies to other car manufacturers
in the Audi Group as well as to external companies. Last May the
Audi toolmaking shop became the first of its kind in the world to
receive certification according to Guideline 6.4 of the Verband
der deutschen Automobilindustrie (Association of the German Automotive
Industry) from TÜV Süddeutschland (South German Technical Inspection
Association). A total of around 1,100 staff are employed in toolmaking
at the Ingolstadt (750) and Neckarsulm (350) plants.
(April 6, 2000)