Audi Success in Hungary
Audi, the car maker from Ingolstadt, Germany, is growing and wants to become number one in the premium car segment. To support this goal, Audi is expanding its international footprint without downsizing any German facilities. To do that, the automaker has been expanding its plant in Györ, Hungary, into one of the most state-of-the-art production facilities in the world. In addition to the A3 which has been manufactured there since 2013, the production of the brand new Audi TT is going to start up this year at the plant. As a distinctly light weight car, the new Audi TT calls for aluminum to be used as a manufacturing material, and Aleris aluminum sheets are among the components used.
Michael Schramme, Key Account Manager Automotive at Aleris Duffel, explains, “For both Audi TT versions, Coupé and Roadster, we supply the only extra-wide body part, the hood.” Smiling he adds, “For aluminum manufacturers this is something like the frosting on the cake.“
Saying this, the Aleris manager refers to the Aleris manufacturing facilities at the plant in Duffel, Belgium, where they produce the basic material for the extra-wide hood of the new Audi TT: Cold-rolled Aleris Superlite 200® IH (Improved Hemming), a special alloy with optimized hemming properties which allows particularly tight hemming radii when processed at the Audi plant. The coils for Audi are manufactured on the new cold rolling mill in Duffel, one of the widest aluminum cold rolling mills in Europe for wide automotive body sheet. Michael Schramme explains further, that Aleris recently invested in a separate, supplementary coating line for dry lubricants to meet the increased requirements for alloy surface specifically for automobile body shell parts. The separate line allows inline measurement of the coating and guarantees lubricants to be evenly spread on the entire coil at the same time adhering to the extremely narrow tolerances for the Audi body shell.
With the start-up of the new Audi TT, the Hungarian success story in Györ will continue to thrive with long-standing reliable partnerships like the one shared by Audi and Aleris.