March 14, 2007
Audi acquires extra production capacity
Ingolstadt, Germany – Audi AG has announced that it has assumed management responsibility for its Brussels plant, with the goal of enhancing productivity while safeguarding employment. A new general collective agreement at the plant, laid down in the company’s letter of intent, declares that a new, compact Audi model will be built at the Brussels plant from the end of 2009 or the start of 2010.
The announcement follows an agreement to cut personnel costs at the plant by 20 per cent. “We are using the outstanding qualified workforce as our basis,” says Dr. Wener Widuckel, Member of the Board of Management of Audi AG. “It is therefore particularly pleasing that, with 2,200 employees, many more jobs will be preserved than originally envisaged. The agreement is now valid without any qualification, and will be implemented in every respect.”
For a transitional period, from 2007 to 2009, the plant will produce the Audi A3, as well as various Volkswagen models. Representatives of Audi’s Board of Management, the Brussels plant manager, the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen Brussels and the unions drew up the collective agreement at the end of February; in a referendum, over 76 per cent of the workforce voted in favour of it.
Audi sold around 905,000 cars in 2006, and is embarking on an investment program worth 11.8 billion Euros over the next five years, with the model range set to grow from a current 22 models to 40.