Expansion of Audi’s Ingolstadt plant with a new facility in Münchsmünster
AUDI AG has expanded its maqin plant in Ingolstadt with an additional production facility. In the Münchsmünster Industrial Park, approximately 30 kilometers east of the main plant, body parts and suspension components will now be produced with the application of new, innovative technologies. Audi will create about 250 new jobs in its home region and a total of some 800 employees will work in Münchsmünster as of 2016.
With the new facility, Audi will take the pressure off its main plant in Ingolstadt. In the Münchsmünster Industrial Park, a competence center has been built for the production of structural car body parts made of die-cast aluminum, hot and cold pressed parts and suspension components. The new production facility has its own energy center, health center and fire station.
High technology and innovation – with the components from Münchsmünster, Audi is demonstrating its leading role in the field of lightweight automotive construction. The hot-pressed steel and die-cast aluminum parts combine low weight with high strength and the utmost precision; their manufacture pushes the limits of what is feasible and advances progress. Energy and heat are recovered in all three sections of the plant; the cleaning of used air and water and noise protection are state of the art.
The construction of the new facility, in which Audi has invested a low three-digit million amount, was given high priority. It started in the summer of 2012 and now, in late 2013, manufacturing of suspension components and structural parts and aluminum die-casting are going into pre-series operation. The major advantages of the 42-hectare site in Münchsmünster include its proximity to the main plant as well as good transport connections via two federal highways. There are also plans for a side track to the Ingolstadt-Regensburg main railway line.
Audi will gradually increase the facility’s production volumes. By 2016, some 800 employees will work in Münchsmünster, including approximately 250 new recruits. The company is thus creating new jobs in its home region in line with its corporate goal of being “the most attractive employer.” The equipment is predominantly from German engineering companies, but also from Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy and Spain. The building work was mainly performed by regional firms.