From the A4 to the R8 super sports car, from low-volume manufacturing all the way to large-scale production – the Neckarsulm site is home to an enormous variety of product and production types. This complexity poses a challenge for logistics in particular. Every day, automobile suppliers from all over the world deliver a wide variety of parts for the different models. Smooth incoming goods procedures are organized by the employees in the automated small load carriers warehouse (AKL).
The 12,000 m² (129,167 ft2) logistics center handles over 1,800 bins per hour with parts such as door handles, navigation devices or trims. At present, approx. 27,000 of the blue transport boxes pass through the center each day. This is made possible by the 19.5-meter (63.98-ft) high-bay warehouse with some 160,000 storage slots. The individual rows of shelves are reached and loaded/unloaded by 15 fully automated storage and retrieval vehicles. Some 120 employees in the new logistics center ensure that all procedures run smoothly. Audi accorded special priority to workplace safety and ergonomics at all stages including construction of the AKL. Operations began after 14 months of construction.
Audi is setting high standards as a trailblazer in sustainable and resource-conserving automobile logistics. The Group was awarded the international 2012 Logistics Sustainability Prize for its efforts. Environmental protection is also a key issue in the new logistics center at the site: