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 m2. Around 2,400 employees build the Audi A1 to a superlative standard of quality.
The region, which has acquired the nickname “automotive valley”, is an ideal location for the production of premium cars. Between 2007 and 2009, the Brussels plant was gradually restructured by Audi. Until production of the Audi A1 started, it built the Audi A3 as an interim measure. Audi has invested a total amount of 300 million euros in the plant between 2008 and 2011, with a further 270 million euros to follow over the coming years.
In the Letter of Intent (LOI) signed in 2007, the management and the unions jointly laid down the framework conditions for a flourishing partnership. One important component was the timebanking system that had been introduced successfully at Audi’s German plants. It brings the company and its employees much greater flexibility while providing them with a guarantee of employment until 2016. Audi Checkup Centre: Audi Brussels is one of the few companies in Belgium to have introduced a health care programme that complies with the latest medical standards for the entire workforce.
The Brussels plant in figures:
|Employees||2,345 (as of February 28, 2011)|
|Models||Audi A1, Audi A3 Sportback|
(body shop, paint shop, assembly)
|Production (2010)||51,555 of the Audi A1 (in production since May 2010)|
17,002 of the Audi A3 (in production until May 2010)