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 Sedan, followed by the new A3 Cabriolet in October. These two Audi models were the first to be built in full at the site in Hungary. Since 2014, the Audi TT is also driving off the assembly lines there in the Coupé and Roadster versions.
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 2016, Audi Hungaria produced a total of 1,926,638 engines and 122,975 cars. The transport of components between Győr and Ingolstadt by rail is environmentally friendly.
AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft. expanded its development activities in late 2011 with the Complete Vehicle Development department. Within four years, 80 new jobs for engineers have been created. The focus is on testing vehicles close to production. On the one hand, an objective is to provide optimal support for product ramp-ups at Audi Hungaria. On the other hand, the Complete Vehicle Development department tests main components and vehicles under realistic operating conditions, as well as carrying out numerical vehicle simulations and various special analyses.
Manufacturing technology and logistics in Győr are process-chain focused. The manufactured parts leave the line exactly where they are needed for assembling the engines. This avoids long paths, so the supply of parts to the assembly areas and the transport of the assembled components take place quickly and directly. The internal material flow is controlled so that only those parts are available that are directly required in the assembly process. This avoids expensive interim storage and enhances productivity. The transport of materials, parts and engines between Győr and Ingolstadt takes place mainly by railway. The supplied parts and components come from Ingolstadt, while the finished engines and automobiles are transported from Győr to Ingolstadt.
Audi inaugurated the engine plant in Győr in October 1994. With this plant, the company not only secured its international competitiveness, but also created a strategic site in Hungary that increasingly gained importance. Meanwhile, nearly the entire range of Audi engines comes from Győr.
In 2016, Audi produced six different gasoline and five different diesel engine variants in Hungary, from 63 kilowatts (86 horsepower) to 449 kW (610 hp). Approximately 6,000 employees produce more than 8,800 engines a day. The Győr engine factory supplies 32 plants of the Volkswagen Group on three continents.
Series production of the various models of the Audi TT started in April 1998. Series production of the new Audi A3 Sedan began in June 2013, followed by the second generation of the A3 Cabriolet in October; both cars are produced with the complete production chain. In July 2014, series production started of the third-generation Audi TT Coupe, followed in November by the Audi TT Roadster. After the successful ramp-up of the two Audi A3 models and the Audi TT Coupe, the Audi TT Roadster is the fourth model to go into series production with complete depth of manufacturing at the new plant.
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 department 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 1,300 square meters, which was expanded by another 5,400 square meters in 2014. The company created 60 new jobs in the expanded Toolmaking department in 2014. In 2015, Audi Hungaria celebrated the tenth anniversary of its Toolmaking department.
The AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft. has an excellent reputation amongst academics. In October 2011, Audi Hungaria opened a Project and Training Center (PTC). This is where the company’s staff and apprentices are trained: 13 trainers train approximately 250 apprentices in 13 occupations. The training facilities in the process technologies of vehicle, body, paint, mechatronic and manufacturing are equipped with the latest technologies. 50 ultra-modern units and robot cells are part of various “learning islands” for the body shop, paint shop and assembly, mechatronics and electronics.
At Audi Hungaria, the focus is not just on quality and productivity, but also on sustainability, which is a key component of corporate strategy. Within the network of the Audi Group, AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft. has made commitments to the environment, to society, to the economy and to its workforce. The company’s philosophy therefore places importance on keeping environmental impacts as small as possible and on conserving natural resources, as well as on precise workmanship and the high quality of all materials and products. AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft. has had its own environmental management system since 1999.
Die AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft. not only monitors the efficiency of the production processes, but also reviews the sustainability of the supply chain within the framework of its own separate program. Since autumn 2015, 60 percent of Audi Hungaria’s heating energy has been supplied from geothermal sources. The geothermal heating plant supplies the company with at least 82,000 megawatt hours of heating energy each year. The environmentally compatible operation and efficient use of energy, as well as energy saving, are key elements of Audi Hungaria’s corporate strategy.
630 kilometres from Ingolstadt and midway between Vienna and Budapest lies Győr, on the banks of the Danube. With a population of 130,000 it is one of the biggest cities in Hungary and an important cultural centre.
After Budapest and Pest County, the Győr-Moson-Sopron region currently has the highest number of companies partly under foreign ownership. It enjoys a favourable geographical location, close to the point where Hungary, Slovakia and Austria all meet. Another big advantage is the presence of local industries such as mechanical engineering, plastics processing and construction.
||Owned by AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft.
|Area||5,167,366 square metres
|Models||Audi TT Coupe, Audi TT Roadster, Audi A3 Sedan, Audi A3 Cabriolet
|Segments||Engine production, automobile production, toolmaking, technical development
||1,926,638 engines, 122,975 automobiles