Audi has disclosed plans to ramp up production at its Münchsmünster factory located 30 km east of its Ingolstadt facilities. This is the venue where they make hot and cold formed components, lightweight aluminum structural parts, high-tech chassis components and other bits and pieces for the second generation Q7. Within the next two years, 900 employees will be working at this production site where they will ship around 26 million parts annually.
Right now there are 500 employees working at this facility in a two or three-shift system while at the end of this year Audi is going to implement a three-shift basis for all of the manufacturing areas at the Münchsmünster factory. So far this year, more than 30,000 structural components have been made in the aluminum die-casting foundry and at the end of this year the total volume should reach around 200,000 parts for the new Q7 and A4.
They are now installing a fully automated laser system in the press shop at the Münchsmünster factory and it will be fully functional sometime this fall when a total of 40 different pressed parts will be made, including the tunnel bridge and side members of the A4 B9.
Audi has made 1.38 million parts at the chassis component production facility and that number will grow to 4.6 million at the end of 2015. This is where they make swivel bearings, wheel hubs, hub carriers and brake discs for the following models: A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, Q5 and Q7.