Audi wants to cut costs in factories by half by 2033 - these are the consequences
Created: 01/01/2023 16:16
By: Dominik Jahn
Audi wants to cut factory costs by half by 2033.
The parent company VW also plays an important role.
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Crucial changes are imminent at Audi.
In the coming years, massive cost savings will be made and plants will be converted.
The connection with the parent company VW is becoming even closer.
The fact that things have not always gone smoothly at Audi in the past is shown by the automaker's future problems in the VW Group, some of which are obvious, as
The car manufacturers, with plants in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm, therefore want to drive further changes.
Factory costs are to be halved by 2033 - but with what consequences?
Most recently, Mercedes-Benz Human Resources Director Sabine Kohleisen told the German Press Agency (dpa) about the threat of job cuts due to digitization and the expansion of electromobility: "It will be the case that we will have fewer jobs at these locations .” But what does the cost reduction at Audi mean?
Audi plants are converted
According to a press release from the group, it is about more efficient production at the individual locations.
the way to the Audi production of the future, however, the electrification of the plants is only one aspect
Audi Board Member Gerd Walker explains: "We will use the switch to e-mobility to make major leaps in productivity and optimization through the necessary conversions."
July 16, 1909, Zwickau
The employees at Audi shouldn't be able to look to the future without a stomach ache.
After there had recently been bankruptcy statements from the board level, the works council immediately made clear demands.
The group then explained the statements about the future of Audi to
Production of the car manufacturer should become less complicated
When it comes to the “necessary conversions” at Audi, one of the things that is important is that they rely even more on the modular principle.
The aim is to "reduce complexity in the vehicles where they do not benefit the customer - for this purpose, a production process that is as lean as possible will in future be considered very early in the development of the vehicles".
Audi would also like to “further advance the digitization of production”.
Virtual assembly planning should not only conserve material resources, but it already allows
"a new type of flexible and cross-location cooperation"
A digitization that, according to Sabine Kohleisen, Head of Human Resources at Mercedes-Benz, could also mean job cuts in the future.
Audi relies on 360factory and digitization
The Audi Group recently confirmed to the “SWR” that
“cars based on the same platform will be built in the same plant”
An example is the Audi Q4 e-tron, which is manufactured by VW in Zwickau because it is based on the same platform as the VW id3.
With a view to the future, Audi is trying to create a so-called "360factory" - sustainable, environmentally conscious and increasingly digital.
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According to Walker, Audi sees it this way: “Audi production sees itself not just as a vehicle manufacturer, but also as a process technology developer.
We want to be the best employer - for our employees on board as well as for all interested parties, students and professionals.
We need the best minds for the transformation into the “360factory”, also in disciplines that are rather unusual for production, such as electronics and software development.”
At Audi competitor Mercedes, job cuts are seen as a result of digitization
has already reported, by 2026 no combustion engines will roll off the assembly line at Audi.
From this point on, only electric cars will be produced.
At Mercedes, the further development of electric cars eban also clearly shows the consequences for the employees.
Kohleisen made it clear that there is full employment
"because combustion engines still play a large part in production"
And she also explained in an interview with the "dpa" that it takes more people to produce an engine and transmission than to drive an electric vehicle.
Accordingly, there would be major changes at the locations.