Body Shop Department > Audi Brussels

Production

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Our people shape the change!

Piloted driving, electric mobility and connectivity – each of them describes the Audi of the future, epitomizing as such the philosophy of “Vorsprung durch Technik”. But sophisticated technology also has a strong demand for top quality vehicle bodies.

The body shop is the first station in the production cycle of the new Audi e tron. This is where the unique design of the first fully electric Audi model gets its shape, as a wide variety of single metal parts are combined with modern materials such as aluminum and ultra-high-strength steel. The production process in the body shop is very complex and highly sophisticated. It involves the use of a multitude of joining technologies, such as welding, soldering, clinching or gluing, in which continuous robotic inline geometry checks are performed, in addition to constant manual quality checks.

The finished body of an Audi e-tron counts more than 3.200 welding points, 30 meters of weld seams and 72 meters of high performance industrial glue. These and many other process steps take place in a highly automated production area including more than 430 robots and 410 conveyor belts. All these processes are supported by an experienced team of 300 people that produce the Audi e-tron in two shifts. These collaborators maintain the different installations, fit body parts together and guarantee the requested quality standards of the car in the construction of the bodywork.

As the first fully electric vehicle of Audi, the Audi e-tron is most certainly an exciting challenge for the body shop team. Thanks to the experience gained in the former production of the Audi A1 and the creativity of our collaborators, we are able to master the cutting-edge technologies and automation concepts that come with the Audi e-tron. It is part of our philosophy to never stop questioning and keep on rethinking existing structures. This requires the constant input of the team as a whole - which Ralf Förschner, Head of the Body Shop at Audi Brussels, strongly believes in: "When it comes down to it, it’s our collaborators that shape the change. Their appetite to learn, their enthusiasm and knowledge make sure our company maintains its lead."