Audi builds smart factory in China to produce electric vehicles

The construction of a new production site in the northern Chinese metropolis of Changchun has now begun.


An editor at eMobilCar

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With the founding of Audi FAW NEV, Audi has embarked on the local production of models based on the PPE (Premium Platform Electric) technology platform for the Chinese market. By the end of 2024, the first Audi automobile plant in China should be built there, where only fully electric models will roll off the assembly line. The plant is designed to produce more than 150,000 vehicles per year. All processes are connected to each other, the ecological program Audi "Mission Zero" establishes the principles of sustainable production.

The new plant will be built on an area of around 150 hectares, so once completed it will be slightly larger than the Audi Neckarsulm plant. By the end of 2022, 20 buildings are planned to be erected on the site. The trade featured on the site is designed to cover the entire value chain of automotive production. In addition to the press shop, body shop, paint shop and car assembly, there will also be battery assembly.

According to Audi, the new location was chosen with great care: the German-Chinese cooperation company finds optimal infrastructure conditions in Changchun. Changchun is one of the largest automotive regions in the country. Here is the headquarters of FAW (First Automobile Plant). Audi has been producing models for the Chinese market at FAW Volkswagen plants since 1988. As a result, numerous supplier companies for the new plant are already in place.

With the new production site, Audi intends to create about 3,000 new jobs in Changchun. After the plant is completed, the PPE platform will initially produce three Audi A6 e-tron and Audi Q6 e-tron models. The new location will also be the headquarters of the Audi FAW NEV company in charge of production. The company is Audi's first joint venture in China. Audi is investing about 2.6 billion euros in a common project - the creation of a company and a manufacturing plant.

All maintenance, logistics and production processes are networked using a single IT architecture. Audi is also using a highly integrated logistics solution based on SAP S/4HANA for the first time outside of Europe. Digital tools are already being used in the construction of the plant: the entire construction site is reproduced in detail in a virtual environment using 3D scanning – another new Volkswagen Group innovation. In this way, the planners in Ingolstadt can keep a close eye on the progress of the work despite the long distance and discuss the next steps with the experts on site.

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