Audi to add 2,100 jobs at its unit in Hungary

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 6, 2011

Audi will be adding 2,100 jobs at its subsidiary in Gyor, Hungary, as part of its plan to expand production, the company disclosed in a statement. This figure is 300 jobs more than what has been originally planned. Audi, which is the luxury brand of Volkswagen AG, currently has at least 6,500 employees at its Hungarian unit, which was established in 1993.

The company has previously disclosed in September that it would be investing 900 million euros ($1.3 billion) in the Hungarian unit by 2013 to create 1,800 jobs.

As part of the unit’s expansion, the company will add a new assembly line, body shop, press shop and paint shop. Currently, the Gyor unit has a vehicle assembly line and an engine plant that produces the TT roadster, TT coupe, RS3 sportback and A3 cabriolet. The company further disclosed that another A3 derivative will be added in Gyor, bringing the production to 125,000 units per year by 2013.

Audi’s CEO, Rupert Stadler, stated that the decision “adds the final link to the production chain” at the Hungarian unit, allowing the company to control every stage in the assembly of an Audi unit from sheet metal to finished product.

He added that the investment means that the company is stepping up in its international competitiveness. On another note, Hungary will extend 11.2 billion forint ($61 million) in subsidies to the company, the Economy Minister, Gyorgy Matolcsy, disclosed in April.

For over eighteen years now, Hungary has been producing high quality Audi cars from its Audi Hungaria engine plant in Györ. A complete automotive production line is underway, which is to be built on the adjacent site consisting of 200 hectares.

Audi Board Member for Production Frank Dreves emphasised the uniqueness of the concept where Audi’s existing plant will come in full force with the new production site.

Also the Chairman of the Supervisory Commission of Audi Hungaria Motor Kft., Dreves credited the pioneering environmental technologies that will change the standard for sustainable preservation of resources.

Dreves as well described his idea by comparing it with the new paint shop’s final coat phase. With the use of air recirculation system, the amount of carbon dioxide emissions will decrease by half. They are also considering wastewater treatment with bio-membrane technology to minimise toxic waste and also help with the overall water conservation.

As a whole, the expansion project is thought to provide more jobs and boost Hungary’s economy. That being said, Audi is considered as the most reputable and established employer in the region. More than two thousand new job openings are expected that will be an advantage to Györ’s current population (benefiting more than 15,000) after its completion.

The company has already recruited some of the first batch of employees just recently. Audi has also sent them on special trainings that will be helpful to their different fields of expertise. The trainings are held in Hungary’s three different Audi sites with one in Neckarsulm, Ingolstadt and Györ.

Currently, the factory in Ingolstadt has been building the Audi RS Sportback, the A3 Cabriolet, the TT Roadster and the Audi TT Coupé. A brand new model inspired by the A3 will also be added to the list. Since 2013, Audi Hungaria has been producing at least 125,000 cars yearly.

Looking back, the highly innovative and efficient engines are fundamental to all Audis produced here since 1993. After 5 years, the plant was able to assemble the first Audi TT model. From that time until today, Audi Hungaria has been a source of this amazing car technology.

Press Release

Audi Hungaria: Foundation stone laid for plant extension at Győr

Audi is again significantly increasing its involvement in Hungary. As announced today at the official laying of the foundation stone for the expanded automotive production plant in Győr, Audi Hungaria’s location will see the creation of a new press shop, alongside plans for the body shop, paint shop and assembly line. The company is planning to invest a total of over € 900 million in expanding the plant. The car manufacturer is moreover creating an additional 300 jobs, bringing the total number of new hirings at Audi Hungaria in Győr to 2,100 over the next few years.

“This decision adds the final link to the production chain at this location, and we will now be able to handle every stage in the building of an Audi model here, from sheet metal to finished car,” explained Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. Together with the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, he gave the starting signal for the plant’s expansion at midday. Stadler also stressed: “This investment means we are stepping up our international competitiveness and securing jobs at all our locations – including in Germany.”

Audi Hungaria has already been making top-quality Audi products for 18 years. Alongside the existing engine plant and vehicle assembly line, a complete automotive production line is being created on the newly acquired 200-hectare site at the Győr plant. “This combination is the only one of its kind in Hungary,” stressed Frank Dreves, Audi Board Member for Production and Chairman of the Supervisory Commission of AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft. “And that is not all: Thanks to pioneering environmental technologies we will redefine the benchmark for the sustainable preservation of resources.” In the finish coat stage of the new paint shop, for instance, a dry separation system with air recirculation will reduce the amount of waste air. That means CO2 emissions from the process will be cut by up to 50 percent. There are also plans for an innovative wastewater treatment process. The biomembrane technology used markedly reduces the amount of fresh water needed, while minimizing levels of waste water and toxic waste.

The expansion of the Győr plant will provide a huge development boost for the Hungarian economy and labor market. As the biggest and most attractive employer in the Győr region, Audi will create 2,100 new jobs in the long term. Over 15,000 people throughout the region will benefit directly or indirectly from the operations of Audi Hungaria once the plant has been expanded. The recruitment of new employees has already started, and the first new workers have already been taken on. They are being trained in various areas and prepared for their future tasks in a practical environment, both on-site at Győr and also at Audi’s Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm locations.

With its innovative, efficient engines, Audi Hungaria has been supplying an important element of all Audi models since 1993. It commenced assembly of the Audi TT five years later. At present, the Audi TT Coupé and TT Roadster, and the Audi A3 Cabriolet and RS 3 Sportback are built there jointly with the Ingolstadt plant. A further A3 derivative model will be joining them. From 2013 on, Audi Hungaria will be producing 125,000 cars each year.

Topics: audi, hungary

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