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Audi wants to cut factory costs in half by 2033. Parent company VW also plays a big role. © dpa/Teresa Kröger

Crucial changes are imminent at Audi. In the coming years, massive cost savings will be achieved and plants will be converted. The connection with the parent company VW is getting closer and closer.

The fact that things have not always worked out well at Audi in the past is evident in the partly obvious future problems of the automaker in the VW groupWhat echo24.de has reported. Automakers, with plants in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm, want to push for more change. Factory costs will be cut in half by 2033, but with what consequences?

Recently, Mercedes-Benz Human Resources Director Sabine Kohleisen told the German Press Agency (dpa) about the threat of job cuts due to digitalization and the expansion of electromobility: “It will be the case that that we will have fewer jobs in these places. But what does cost reduction mean at Audi?

Audi plants become

According to a group press release, it is about more efficient production at individual locations. To be awake “On the road to the Audi production of the future, the electrification of the plants is only one aspect”. Audi board member Gerd Walker explains: “We will use the switch to electric mobility to make huge leaps in productivity and optimization through the necessary conversions.” factory costs cut in half by 2033.

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Audi employees shouldn’t be able to look into the future without a stomach ache. After it lasts too Board Level Bankruptcy Filings I’ve given, the works council immediately made clear demands. the Statements on the future of Audi the group had in front echo24.de also explained below.

Automaker production should become less complicated

When it comes to “necessary conversions” at Audi, one of the things that is important is that they are based even more on the modular principle. The aim is to “reduce complexity in vehicles where they do not benefit the customer; for this purpose, a production process that is as efficient as possible will be considered from the very beginning in the development of the vehicles.”

Audi would also like to “advance the digitization of production even further.” Virtual assembly planning should not only conserve material resources, but is already making it possible today “a new, flexible and cross-location cooperation”. A digitization that, according to Sabine Kohleisen, Head of Human Resources at Mercedes-Benz, could also mean job cuts in the future.

Audi bets on 360factory and digitization

The Audi Group recently confirmed to the “SWR” that then “Cars based on the same platform, built in the same factory”. An example is the Audi Q4 e-tron, made by VW in Zwickau because it is based on the same platform as the VW id3. Looking to the future, Audi is trying to create the so-called “360 factory”: sustainable, environmentally friendly and increasingly digital.

According to Walker, Audi sees it this way: “Audi production sees itself not only as a vehicle manufacturer, but also as a developer of process technology. We want to be the best employer, both for our employees on board and for all interested parties, students and professionals. We need the best minds for the transformation in the “360 factory”, also in disciplines that are quite unusual for production, such as electronics and software development”.

At Audi competitor Mercedes, job cuts are seen as a result of digitization

What echo24.de has already reported By 2026, no more combustion engines will roll off the Audi production line.. From this moment on, only electric cars will be produced.

At Mercedes, the further development of eban electric cars also clearly shows the consequences for employees. Kohleisen made it clear that there is full employment because “because the combustion engine continues to have a high share of production”. And he also explained in an interview with ‘dpa’ that it takes more people to produce an engine and transmission than to drive an electric vehicle. Consequently, there would be major changes to the locations.

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