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.