Published on October 3rd, 2016 | by Subhash Nair


Audi’s Neckarsulm Plant to be Awarded for its Extremely Lean Production

The Audi plant in Neckarsulm is to receive the Automotive Lean Production Award in the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) category. The trade magazine Automobil Produktion and the consulting company Agamus Consult award the prize each year in recognition of production facilities that apply the factors of production in a particularly efficient manner. The prize will be awarded in the context of the Automotive Lean Production Congress on November 29 and 30 at the Bosch plant in Blaichach.


Audi Neckarsulm is the most complex plant in the Volkswagen Group, and processes more than 56,000 components from approximately 1,200 suppliers all over the world. The experts in Neckarsulm can master this diversity only by means of secure and efficient routines. The plant therefore manufactures in accordance with the Audi Production System along the entire process chain. This is now being developed into a holistic corporate system.

From 1.93 billion possibilities, an algorithm calculates the best sequence for each assembly line. In this way, a binding and exact car-order sequence is determined six days in advance – the string-of-pearls principle. The algorithm uses the information on ordered cars with consideration of the resulting work for the employees at all workplaces, so that they are optimally deployed.


Automobil Produktion and Agamus Consult are now for the eleventh time presenting their awards to particularly efficient plants and companies in Europe that are competitive in terms of lean production and management systems. “Learning from the best” is the award’s motto.

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