Audi AG recently inaugurated the new Audi Böllinger Höfe in Heilbronn, Germany. The facility will house production of the R8 after it was moved from the main Neckarsulm site and will also be the base of operations for the company's logistics.
"Our domestic sites are our backbone, and the investment in the Audi Böllinger Höfe is a significant milestone for the Neckarsulm site. Through 2018 the company will be investing more than €22 billion worldwide. About half of the Audi investment will go to the German sites, with on average more than €650 million per year invested in the Neckarsulm site. This extension will substantially relieve the pressure on the plant, as the growing range of models and production complexity increasingly require more space,” said Dr. Hubert Waltl, Board Member for Production at AUDI AG.
Back then, workshop areas of the R8 were scattered around the Neckarsulm site but with the opening of the Audi Böllinger Höfe, all of the workshops/workstations that were once separated are now under one roof. Production line assembly of the R8 has already resumed last August 25, 2014, three weeks after it was halted from Neckarsulm. Besides factory line assembling of the R8, a small-scale assembly line has also been put up inside the facility.
Alongside it is the logistics center that first operated back in March. It acts as the central point that supplies materials for producing Audi vehicles. It has around 22,500 storage places and can handle 4,500 containers per day. The goods were processed back then from 5 external stores before the completion of the Audi Böllinger Höfe.
Additionally, the facility has reduced the number of shipments and alleviated truck traffic from the Heilbronn urban area to the industrial park. GPS technology is now being used in tracking shipments from the new facility to the Neckarsulm plant. The live tracking enables schedules to be adjusted accordingly depending on traffic conditions and optimizes routing.