Audi has produced the Audi A1 family exclusively in Brussels, the European capital, since 2010. In 2016, 105,252 automobiles drove off the production line there. With the plant in Brussels, Audi is the only automobile manufacturer with a production facility in the heart of Europe.
Important role within the Audi Group: when volume production of the Audi A1 started in May 2010, the Brussels plant assumed the lead role in building its very own model – the first time the plant had done so in over 60 years in existence. In November 2011, production of the Audi A1 Sportback began at the plant. Since June 2011, Audi Brussels has offered factory tours which give visitors the opportunity to experience production of the Audi A1 at close quarters.
In the plant’s history of more than 60 years, the Audi A1 is the first model to be produced exclusively in the European capital. Before the plant was taken over by AUDI AG in 2007, it had belonged to VOLKSWAGEN AG since 1970 and produced various models of the Volkswagen Group. Since being taken over by AUDI AG, the Brussels facility has assumed an important role in the Audi Group and now employs 2,513 people. The start of production of the Audi A1 in 2010 marked the beginning of a new era. Audi Brussels expanded its production in 2011 with the addition of the Audi A1 Sportback and in 2014 with the Audi S1 and Audi S1 Sportback models. In 2012, Audi Brussels produced the Audi A1 quattro as a special model in a limited edition.
In addition to a body shop, assembly line and paint shop, Audi Brussels has a modern pre-series center that links up the areas of production and technical development, thus safeguarding the high quality of the Audi A1. In the future, the Brussels plant will produce its own batteries for the production of the battery-electric SUV. The Belgian site will then be the key plant for electric mobility at the Volkswagen Group.
Automotive Park, the ultramodern logistics and supplier center, is connected with the assembly halls by a bridge. It provides the infrastructure for efficient processes in the supply of materials to the Brussels plant. Every day, trucks and trains deliver 7,700 different parts and components from more than 540 suppliers. close integration of external suppliers with the plant’s internal logistics processes boosts productivity on a sustained basis.
At Audi Brussels, there is a focus on the employees, as shown by the plant’s own health center. It offers a preventative program for the entire workforce: the Audi Check-Up. Experienced nurses and doctors work to maintain and improve the employees’ health and help to recognize any risk factors at an early stage and to counteract them. Audi Brussels is one of the few companies in Belgium that offer this service.
Audi Brussels cooperates closely with the trade unions. In a letter of intent in the year 2007, the management and the trade unions together defined the framework conditions for good cooperation. An important element is the so-called work-time account, which has been in use at Audi Brussels since 2010. Previously tested at the Audi sites in Germany, it offers the company and its employees significantly more flexibility.
At Audi, environmental protection is part of the corporate strategy. This applies to technology as well as to the manufacturing process. At the Audi site in Brussels, environmental standards are in place at the highest levels. In 2013, the Brussels region selected the plant as an “eco- dynamic company” – a regional environmental certification that is awarded every three years. Audi Brussels was awarded the highest rating of three stars. Since 2001, the Brussels site has also been certified according to the environmental audit of the European Commission (EMAS: Eco Management and Audit Scheme). In 2013, Audi Brussels installed a photovoltaic system with a total area of 37,000 square meters (398,000 sq. ft.) at the plant site. This means that Audi Brussels operates the biggest photovoltaic system in Brussels, reducing CO2 emissions by 14,230 tons each year.
Audi Brussels has received several awards as the most environmentally friendly company in the Brussels region. Audi Brussels operates the largest photovoltaic system in the region of the capital city, and in 2015 invested in a new energy-saving paint pre-treatment process. Audi Brussels is the first plant within the Audi Group to invest in an energy-saving system like this for the paint shop.
The new Audi Brussels plant is located in the south-west of the capital city’s region, which has a population of around one million. The production plant, including body shop, paint shop and assembly line, covers a site of 540,000 square metres. More than 2,500 employees build the Audi A1, Audi A1 Sportback, Audi S1 and Audi S1 Sportback to a superlative standard of quality.
|Site||AUDI BRUSSELS S.A./N.V., Brussels|
|Models||Audi A1, Audi A1 Sportback, Audi S1, Audi S1 Sportback