The founding of AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft. in 1993 marked the start of construction work on one of the world’s most modern high-tech plants. The company has since developed into one of the country’s major exporters and highest-revenue businesses. In 2014, Audi Hungaria produced a total of 1,973,734 engines and 135,232 cars. The transport of components between Győr and Ingolstadt by rail is environmentally friendly. The highlight of 2012: The topping-out ceremony of the new car plant where series production of the A3 Saloon, among other models, is due to start in future. More than 2,000 new jobs were created in the process. In its jubilee year 2013, the 25-millionth engine left the engine production line and the 500,000th Audi TT rolled off the automobile production line. Substantial growth can also be seen elsewhere: in June 2013, Audi Hungaria opened the extended factory. Just a few months later, the 10,000th employee was recruited.
The production site
Győr at a glance
At the Hungarian plant in Győr, AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft. develops and manufactures engines for AUDI AG and other companies of the Volkswagen Group. In June 2013, the company also started series production of the Audi A3 Saloon, followed by the new A3 Cabriolet in October. These two Audi models are the first to be built in full at the site in Hungary. In future, the Audi TT will also drive off the assembly lines there in the Coupé and Roadster versions.
Technical Development – state-of-the-art testing technology
The Technical Development division at AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft. celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2011. At the heart of the 5,000 square metre Technical Centre is the state-of-the-art test rig building. A second construction phase in 2004 doubled both its testing capacity and the number of people who work there. The Engine Development Centre supports engine production with on-site development activities accompanying production. It works for both the engine production area at Audi Hungaria and the engine development operations of AUDI AG. In 2011, a new test rig building was inaugurated at the Audi Hungaria Chair for Internal Combustion Engines. Over the next few years some 70 jobs will be created for engineers.
Production technology and logistics
Thanks to the process chain focus of production and logistics operations, the machined parts leave the line at the precise point at which they are required for assembling the engine. The transport of materials, components and engines between Győr and Ingolstadt by rail is environmentally friendly. 24 train pairs a week run the route. This is an economical solution with short transit times that does not impact negatively on the environment.
Engine production – almost the entire range
Almost the entire Audi engine range is now built at Győr. Four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines are manufactured here, along with five-, six-, ten- and twelve-cylinder units. 1,973,734 engines were produced in 2014. The Engine Startup Centre in Győr has also been building experimental engines since March 2010.
Engine production implemented 15 major model launches in 2013. The 1.4-liter engine for the Audi A3 Sedan with 92 kW (125 hp) is particularly noteworthy, as well as the high-performance V6 diesel engine for the Porsche Panamera. In 2013, 235 different engine versions were manufactured on the production lines in Győr – with from four to twelve cylinders and output of 63 kW/86 hp to 419 kW/570 hp.
Vehicle assembly – genuine teamwork
The Győr plant started with assembly of the Audi TT Coupé in 1998, followed by the Audi TT Roadster in 1999. Between 2001 and 2003, the Audi A3 and S3 models also left the production line in Hungary. Final assembly of the Audi A3 Cabriolet was added in 2007. Each of these models was a genuine collaborative product: the body was built and painted in Ingolstadt before being transported by rail to Győr for assembly. Audi Hungaria had built 764,990 cars in Győr up until the end of 2014.
Toolmaking – body components for top models
In mid-2005 the Győr toolmaking shop started pilot production of body components, initially for the Audi RS 4, one year later for the Audi R8, from 2008 for the Audi RS 6 and then from 2010 on for the sixth Audi model – the Audi RS 5. Parts for other Volkswagen Group brands will also be produced here.
In 2011, the Toolmaking division grew by 10,000 square meters, creating more capacity. In 2013, new presses were added, along with a 3D laser cutting machine and a logistics surface of more than 1,500 square meters. The company created 35 new jobs in the expanded Toolmaking division last year.
Sustainability and environmental protection
As a forward-looking company, AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft. has a responsible attitude towards the environment, society, industry and its workforce. The EMAS-based environmental management system, which is revalidated annually, was introduced back in 1999. Compliance with ISO 14001 has been ensured since 2002. The company’s energy management system, which also satisfies the ISO 50001 standard, has been extended since 2011 and integrated into the EMAS system. This provides a structured framework for the company’s activities with the goal of long-term energy savings and increased energy efficiency. The pioneering role of Audi Hungaria in the field of environmental protection has been recognised with a number of awards, including the EMAS Award of the European Union, the Eco-Profit Prize, the Central European Environmental Reporting Award and the Environmental Saving Prize.
The company works actively in the “Virtual Power Plant” programme, which coordinates the efforts of Hungarian firms with regard to energy efficiency. For this involvement, Audi Hungaria received the “Mentor Company for Energy Efficiency” prize in 2012 and 2013.
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