A review of 2012
The Neckarsulm plant continued the product offensive in 2012, with all models launching successfully. New models include the Audi R8 PA and the Audi RS5 Cabriolet. The site was able to build on the high level of the previous year with 260,295 cars produced (without CKD) in 2012. The number of employees also set a record in 2012. There were 14,764 people working at the site as of December 31, 2012, more than ever before. As a future-oriented company, AUDI AG provides a wide variety of trainee positions in the region. In September, 236 young people began their vocational training in Neckarsulm in one of nine careers. These were followed in early October by an additional 30 young people who began degree programs at the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW). As of December 31, 2012, there were 848 trainees employed at the site. The average employee at Neckarsulm is 41.4 years of age and has been with the company for 17.7 years. The employees come from 58 different countries.
The ambitious investment program is also continuing at the Neckarsulm site. Until 2015, AUDI AG plans for Neckarsulm a total investment of more than € 600 million a year.
The world’s most sophisticated and powerful test facility for engines went into operation in 2012 when Audi inaugurated the new Engine Test Center. The Engine Test Center raises the bar in terms of using resources sparingly. Office space for Technical Development is also being expanded. The reconfiguration and modernization of the Audi A6/A7 assembly plant is another step in the growth strategy.
2012 was the most successful year for the Audi Forum Neckarsulm since it opened in 2005, with more than 258,000 visitors, a record 37,700 people who picked up new cars and more conferences and events than ever before. Some event highlights in 2012 were the “Technology Up Close and Personal” campaign day with the Heidelberg Historic rally making an interim stop, a concert by Tim Bendzko and a Christmas show with the SWR Big Band and Paul Carrack.