Audi opent assamblage hal in Changchun

Audi opent hun nieuwe assamblage hal in Changcun.
Dit voor de A4 L wat staat voor langere wielbasis en de Audi Q5. Audi hoopt in 2015 200.000 stuks daar weg te zetten. Afgelopen jaar was het 119,598 stuks en van januari to augustus al 93,610 stuks. Dus dat wordt een goed toekomstige afzet markt voor het Audi product.

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Audi opens new assembly hall in Changchun

• Audi Chairman Rupert Stadler: “Continuation of our growth
strategy in China”
• Expansion of production capacities to 200,000 vehicles per year
• Production of the Audi Q5 starts in fall 2009

Changchun/Ingolstadt – Together with its Chinese joint-venture partner
FAW, Audi opened a new assembly hall today at the existing plant premises
of FAW-VW in Changchun. The long-wheelbase Audi A4 and the Audi Q5
will be produced in this hall, which spans some 82,000 square meters
(883,000 square feet). The capital expenditure amounts to around 100
million euros.

“This substantial increase in our production capacities will fuel our continued
growth and boost China’s position as a strategically important market,” says
Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. He added
that the company aims to sell 200,000 premium cars annually in China by 2015.
“The expansion of our production capacities is a key mile marker along the route
to this destination,” emphasizes Mr. Stadler.

Mr. An Tiecheng, President of FAW-VW, adds: “Changchun was China’s very
first production site for premium vehicles. Today’s opening of this assembly hall
paves the way for further innovation and sets a new standard in China’s
automotive industry.”

The assembly hall was constructed in nine months and, following the preproduction
phase, will begin series production just 14 months after the original
construction work started. Virtual planning made it possible to design and
simulate everything in advance – from the building’s design to materials-handling
technology and plant equipment.

The new assembly hall thus satisfies the requirements of Audi’s globally
standardized production system. This means that all logistics processes are
intergrated within assembly procedures; components are prepared as needed
adjacent to the production line before entering the workflow. Cutting-edge
techniques also play pivotal roles. The so-called marriage is just one example: a
vehicle body and a chassis are joined and bolted by automated means.

In addition to the reliable and quality-optimized manufacturing processes,
Frank Dreves, Member of the Board of Management for Production at AUDI AG,
is especially fond of the workstations’ design. “Ergonomics also played a central
role during the planning phase of the new assembly hall in Changchun. Heightadjustable
materials-handling technology, for example, enables every one of our
employees to maintain an optimal stance for working efficiently. That, in turn,
ensures the excellence of our products,” underscores Mr. Dreves.

By opening this new assembly hall, Audi is continuing the success story it began
21 years ago in China. The brand is now market leader in the local premium
segment; Audi sold 119,598 vehicles last year in China (including Hong Kong).
From January through August 2009, 93,610 customers in China purchased a new

Audi – which equates to year-on-year growth of 17.4 percent.
In addition to increasing production capacities, Audi will expand its exclusive
network of dealerships and service facilities in China to include more than
200 locations by 2015. China currently has 139 Audi dealerships and 14 Audi
terminals in a total of 95 cities.

Source: Audi AG

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