This German carmaker really knows how to amp it up. Audi AG, CEO Rupert Stadler, had, in December 2013 announced that by 2016 they would be introducing 11 more new models to their global line-up. Seems like work towards this target has begun. Due to strong demand for the model series produced in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm, Audi arranged for special shifts to be worked right at the beginning of the year.
In January, there were nine special shifts at the plant in Ingolstadt and one additional shift in Neckarsulm. Strong demand for example for the Audi models A3, Q5 and A6, A7 and R8 has resulted in high levels of capacity utilization at the plants. In February alone, Audi has arranged for 10 special shifts in Ingolstadt and three in Neckarsulm. Another eight additional shifts are planned in Ingolstadt and two more in Neckarsulm this month.
Dr. Frank Dreves, Board of Management Member for Production, said, “We anticipate additional production in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm also in the coming months.”
“The Works Council approved the special shifts that the management applied for in the first few weeks of the year in order to make our manufacturing as economic as possible. The order situation is excellent and the additional shifts demonstrate the high flexibility of our employees. The workforce is thus making a significant contribution to the competitiveness of the production sites in Germany within the Group’s international production network,” stated the Chairman of Audi’s General Works Council, Peter Mosch.