Audi’s plant in Neckarsulm is the place where the German manufacturer builds the A4, A5, A8, Q7 as well as the R8 supercar. On Friday, things were changed as Audi moved the R8 production in the Böllinger Höfe industrial park, which is located just six kilometers from the main plant in Neckarsulm.
According to Audi, the Böllinger Höfe site covers 23 hectares, which is just a quarter of the total area of the plant located in Neckarsulm. Audi R8 production got underway in the new site on August 25, three weeks after the last R8 came off the production line at the Neckarsulm plant.
The expansion is part of Audi’s 22 billion euros investsment around the world by 2018 and according to the press release, half of these money will be invested in the facilities located in Germany. In addition, 650 million euros will be invested each year at Neckarsulm.
For those who don’t know, the next-generation Audi R8 will arrive next year and the new model is expected to follow the same general layout as the Huracan. Moreover, we will see the same 5.2-liter V10 engine that powers the Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 that develops 610 hp (448 kW) and a maximum torque of 560 Nm on the Italian supercar.
The new site will also be able to manufacture more efficiently largely due to the ergonomic innovations and technological applications. Production for the R8 started at the Böllinger Höfe facility last August 25. This is barely three weeks after the last unit of the R8 left the production line at its Neckarsulm facility.
The new logistics center started its operations last March with an estimated 22,500 storage places. This particular logistics center is the central area that will supply the materials needed for production with it managing to handle about 4,500 containers on a daily basis.
In the past, everything was processed through the five external stores. With the new facility, the flow is improved due to a centralized location that coordinates everything. In addition to better supply flow, the number of shipments is lessened.
It also helps to alleviate the truck traffic from transferring the supply to the industrial park from the Heilbronn urban. Another good improvement in the establishment of the new facility is the ability to track the different shipments through GPS when it is either at Neckarsulm facility or the logistics center.
This live tracking also allows flexibility when it comes to scheduling and can even optimize the routing. Lord Mayor Harry Mergel said that the city of Heilbronn continues to have the largest industrial development for Audi.
This signifies just how important the new facility is for the area. Mergel added that with Audi cars now being produced in this new facility, it is sure to bring in more secure jobs for years to come.