Audi’s Neckarsulm Plant will hold the topping-out ceremony at its new 23-hectare production facility at Böllinger Höfe, around 18 months after construction commenced. Audi is currently building a logistics hall and new production facilities for the Audi R8, with the first unit expected to roll off the assembly line in mid-2014.
Welcome around 200 guests to the topping-out ceremony for the new facility are Fred Schulze, Plant Manager; Franciscus van Meel, Managing Director of quattro GmbH; and Dieter Braun, Head of Plant Logistics at the Neckarsulm site.
The new facility – which represents a quarter of the entire Audi site in Neckarsulm -- is currently considered as the largest construction project in the Heilbronn region. Schulze remarked that new production facility is “a key element for the future viability and competitiveness of the Audi site.” He added that the construction project provides the space needed for high-volume production in Neckarsulm.”
The facility will house the Body Manufacturing, Logistics and Assembly for the Audi R8 starting mid-2014. Van Meel remarked that by then, all their manufacturing expertise for the R8 will be completely “consolidated under one roof,” allowing them to optimize the production process and further expand their small-scale production expertise at the Neckarsulm site.”
Around 250 employees already part of the Audi team will move to Böllinger Höfe. Also set to rise is a 325-meter-long, 115-meter-wide logistics center set to commence operations in early 2014. Braun said the center is Audi’s response to the increasing product complexity at the site. The site will handle around 5,000 containers for production starting next year, Braun said. The investment in the Böllinger Höfe industrial park is an element of Audi’s Growth Strategy 2020.