Audi loses major suppliers – these are the consequences now
Created: 05/12/2022, 04:50
By: Dominik Jahn
Audi loses an important supplier with EBM-Pap and comments on the consequences.
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Unexpected changes at car manufacturer Audi.
With EBM-Papst, the Ingolstadt-based company will lose the supplier for fans and blowers in the future.
Just a few days ago, Audi board member Hildegard Wortmann made critical statements about the future of the automaker, as
Appropriately, Audi also jumps off a supplier for important parts.
When asked by our editors, the company commented on this.
The world market leader in fans, EBM-Papst from Mulfingen near Heilbronn in Baden-Württemberg, decided a few weeks ago to withdraw from the automotive industry.
According to the Handelsblatt
, with this drastic step the company
even foregoes ten percent of its sales.
But what are the consequences of the withdrawal for Audi and its production?
And at Mercedes, too, there is no supplier.
Among other things, the company produced the distinctive star.
End of the supply for Audi: EBM-Papst feels underchallenged
The new CEO at EBM-Papst, Klaus Geißdörfer, has pushed the step away from the car and thus also away from Audi.
report (behind the payment barrier), he makes it clear why his company has decided to do this: "The desired quality is only conditionally challenging for us technologically and is not attractive for us as a supplier at the required prices."
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The announcement to Audi was clear.
EBM-Papst would prefer to supply heat pump manufacturers and cloud providers in the future.
As a fan manufacturer, the focus is on ventilation and heating technology.
Geißdörfer: “We see huge potential over the next ten years in the megatrends of renewable energies, data centers and air conditioning.
The world is getting warmer.”
Audi comments on the consequences of the end of the cooperation with EBM-Papst
But how fast is with fans and blowers from EBM-Papst for Audi?
When asked by
, the car manufacturer's reaction was cautious.
You can "confirm that Audi is one of EBM-Papst's customers" and that you have taken note of the communicated change of strategy.
EBM-Papst is a manufacturer of electric motors and fans.
According to its own description, the company offers ventilation connections and thus the perfect interaction of engine technology, electronics and flow technology.
These three core competencies are directly related to each other in the products.
EBM-Papst's goal is always to use air and movement with maximum efficiency - regardless of whether in a confined space, in large dimensions or under extreme environmental conditions.
With regard to possible problems for Audi due to the loss of the supplier, it goes on to say: "We conclude long-term agreements with our supply partners for the duration of our models and expect that EBM-Papst will continue to fulfill its contractual obligations."
EBM-Papst boss on supplier end for Audi
In the direction of Audi, there was also a clear statement from EBM-Papst boss Klaus Geißdörfer to the
: "We are working off the old orders, but no new orders will be accepted." In other words: By then, Audi must have a solution and a new one find suppliers.
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In addition to the end of the cooperation with Audi and the car industry, according to the
, EBM-Papst will also discontinue business with refrigerator and dishwasher manufacturers.