The automotive industry is witnessing innovative development at the heart of China as the construction of Audi FAW NEV Company progresses as planned. In an ambitious collaboration between Audi and FAW (First Automotive Works), the companies laid the cornerstone of their joint venture in Changchun in June 2022. This state-of-the-art production facility aims to set new standards in digitization, efficiency, and sustainability by exclusively producing Audi electric models.
The new plant, spanning an area of 154 hectares, is larger than Audi’s facilities in Neckarsulm. It is expected to have a production capacity of up to 150,000 fully electric Audi models annually for the Chinese market. The production line will begin with the Audi A6 e-tron and Q6 e-tron series, and the site will encompass the entire automotive production value chain.
One of the key features of Audi FAW NEV Company is the establishment of a battery assembly facility that will produce high-voltage batteries specifically designed for the Chinese market. By maintaining short distances in logistics, the company seeks to improve efficiency and optimize operations. To achieve this, an exclusive supplier park will be developed in the vicinity of the factory, enabling the proximity of most suppliers within a 30-kilometer radius.
Furthermore, Audi FAW NEV Company is dedicated to fostering international talent, with plans to employ around 3,000 people of diverse nationalities. This initiative reflects the company’s commitment to global collaboration and knowledge exchange.
What sets this project apart is Audi’s innovative focus on digitization. From the initial stages of design and planning, the company has utilized cutting-edge technologies such as digital twins and 3D visualization to optimize workshop designs, production lines, and infrastructure requirements. Additionally, through virtual reality (VR) technology, experts from Audi’s headquarters in Ingolstadt can remotely visit the construction site in real time, enabling seamless collaboration with their colleagues in China.
Audi FAW NEV Company is revolutionizing the automotive industry in China by implementing a centralized IT architecture that interconnects maintenance, logistics, and manufacturing processes. By integrating millions of data points into a single control platform, the company enables intelligent fault detection, real-time monitoring, and predictive analysis, enhancing reliability and optimizing production.
With the construction of this advanced facility, Audi and FAW are paving the way for the future of electric vehicle manufacturing in China. Together, they are poised to make a significant impact on the industry, setting new standards in digitization, efficiency, and sustainability.
1. What type of vehicles will be produced at Audi FAW NEV Company?
The factory exclusively produces fully electric Audi models.
2. What is the size of the new production site in Changchun?
The new plant covers an area of approximately 154 hectares.
3. How many fully electric Audi models will the factory produce annually?
The factory has a production capacity of up to 150,000 fully electric Audi models annually for the Chinese market.
4. Will the factory include a battery assembly facility?
Yes, the factory will have a battery assembly facility to produce high-voltage batteries for specific models in China.
5. How does Audi ensure efficient collaboration between its headquarters in Germany and the construction site in China?
Audi utilizes virtual reality (VR) technology, allowing experts from Ingolstadt to virtually visit the construction site and discuss progress with their colleagues in China in real time.