2. Paint shop
3. Assembly department
4. Battery production
5. Analysis centre
6. Supply chain
7. Test track
The bodyshop is the first stage in the production cycle of the Audi Q8 e-tron. Here the unique design is formed by a combination of numerous metal parts such as aluminum and ultra-high-strength steel. The production process in the bodyshop is complex and highly advanced. A wide variety of joining technologies are used (welding, soldering, riveting or gluing) with continuous robotic inline geometry checks performed in addition to continuous manual quality checks.
The various process steps are carried out in a highly automated production hall that has more than 430 robots and 410 transport tables. All these processes are supported by an experienced team of 300 people. They ensure optimum operation of the various installations, assemble the body parts and guarantee the required quality standards of the car.
With a thickness of just a few tenths of a millimetre, the coating of an electric Audi is as thin as a human hair. Precision work for the 250 colleagues who work in two shifts in 23 teams and together with 48 paint robots in the paint department.
The painting process is a feat to say the least:
The figures show that our assembly hall is buzzing with activity. Some 1,300 people work here, divided into two shifts and 38 teams. Together they ensure that every car that enters the assembly hall is ready for final quality control after about 12.5 hours.
Although there is so much more behind the figures. This is all about teamwork and innovation. The smart combination of manual craft, digital tools and cobots is becoming increasingly important.
But above all, we focus on the well-being of our teams, for example with flexible installations that meet the highest ergonomic standards. This allows our people to work in optimal conditions.
At Audi Brussels, we not only assemble electric cars, but also the batteries that power the cars. When our battery production department opened its doors in 2018, it was unique in the industry.
In the meantime, our colleagues in this department can call themselves specialists in this field: together they assemble more than 300 batteries a day.
In our analysis centre, technical research and production go hand in hand. The goal? To continuously optimise our processes. No R&D in the pure sense of the word, but the centre works meticulously on both the cars and the processes before and during series production.
In doing so, the analysis centre combines forces with all the other production teams to identify faults and increase efficiency: from the bodywork structure through the paint process to the fully assembled and finished cars.
Audi Brussels’ quality department focuses on the overall customer experience. That can be in very small things, like the correct fit between parts. The common thread? Everything must form a harmonious and high-quality whole.
Our quality department monitors this in many ways:
In addition to the transport of finished Audi cars, our logistics service also arranges the delivery of parts and materials. So everything is always in the right place at the right time, in or around our factory.
This requires a great deal of professional planning. Every day we receive almost 6,000 parts and components from over 625 suppliers. Not to mention the cubic metres of material delivered every day by 13 train wagons, 260 trucks of which 63 just-in-sequence suppliers.
Our supporting services also play a crucial role at Audi Brussels. Just think of IT, HR, finance, mobility, the medical service, buildings and the environmental service.
Each of these services delivers a piece of the puzzle to make Audi Brussels a safe, efficient, stimulating, sustainable, accessible, financially healthy and optimally connected working environment.