With the launch of the Audi FAW NEV company, Audi paved the way for the production of Chinese designs based on the PPE (Premium Platform Electric) technology platform for the Chinese market. Work has now begun on a new production site in Changchun, the capital of northern China. With construction expected to be completed by the end of 2024, it will be the first automotive factory in China where only the most powerful Audi designs will emerge from the production line. The factory is designed to produce more than 150,000 vehicles a year. All site processes will be integrated, with Audi’s ‘Mission Zero’ environment program setting the course for sustainable production.
“The commencement of construction of our new Changchun factory is an important step for Audi in China. Together with the Audi FAW NEV, we are introducing the PPE platform in China and producing electronic designs targeting the specific marketplace directly on the site. This means that the co-operative will play a key role in the continuous distribution of our model type to the Chinese market. »said Markus Duesmann, Chairman of the AUDI AG Management Board and responsible for trade in China.
The new factory is located on an area of approximately 150 hectares, which will make it slightly larger than the Audi factory in Neckarsulm when completed. A total of 20 buildings will be built on site by the end of 2022. The technical teams deployed on the site will handle the entire value chain necessary for automotive manufacturing. In addition to the press store, car dealership, paint shop and automotive assembly line, there will also be a battery connection factory, where Audi will manufacture high-performance batteries. voltage applied to its specific EPP specifications of China.
Audi carefully selected the new location: a German-Chinese partnership will benefit from better infrastructure in Changchun. Changchun is one of the largest automotive regions in China. FAW (First Automobile Works), the company’s long-standing Chinese partner with four rings, is headquartered there. Audi has been producing Chinese market models in FAW-Volkswagen engines since 1988. As a result, many new plant distributor companies are already in the area.
With a new production site, Audi is also creating nearly 3,000 new jobs in Changchun. After the factory is completed, production according to the PPE platform will begin, starting with three models from the Audi A6 e-tron series and the Audi Q6 e-tron.
The new website will also serve as the headquarters of the Audi FAW NEV, which is responsible for production. The company is the first co-operative with a majority stake held by Audi in China. Audi is investing around 2.6 billion euros in the total project, which includes the establishment of a company and the construction of a production plant.
“We combine the best of both worlds. We bring together AUDI AG knowledge from more than a century of automotive history and in-depth expertise of our long-time Chinese partner FAW in a new state-of-the-art company with a production site. This is also reflected in technology. many manufacturing products that the two partners bring together in a new factory. »stressed Helmut Stettner, CEO of Audi FAW NEV.
The new Audi FAW NEV website is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and solutions. In terms of plant planning and processes, the company draws successful models from other parts of Audi and upgrades them to local conditions. All maintenance, equipment and production processes are integrated under a single IT architecture. And for the first time outside of Europe, Audi uses a fully integrated hardware solution based on SAP S / 4HANA. Even before buildings are erected, digital tools are already in use: 3D analysis is used to redesign the entire construction site down to the smallest details – the first one for the Volkswagen Group. This measure allows planning staff in Ingolstadt to closely monitor the progress of work on the construction site, despite the great distance, as well as discuss the next steps with experts on site.