Audi cuts production jobs, hires digital experts

November 26, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Audi cuts production jobs, hires digital experts
The switchover to electromobility is taking its toll: Audi plans to cut 9500 of its 61,000 jobs in Germany over the next six years. At the same time, however, the company intends to hire around 2000 new workers - but with different qualifications: The new jobs will be created in the areas of electric drives and digitization.

Affected by the job cuts ae Audi’s production sites in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm (both Germany). In the latter plant, Audi models A4 to A8 and R8 are built. Due to the crisis over combustion engines, however, the plant with its capacity of 300,000 cars per year is not operating at full capacity - in the current year less than 200,000 units will be produced there. Capacity is to be reduced to 225,000 units in the future. The plant in Ingolstadt is designed for more than 500,000 vehicles per year, but produces significantly less. Capacity is therefore to be reduced to 450,000 units in the future.

At the same time as the job cuts were made public, the carmaker also announced the planned hiring of 2000 new workers. The company is now looking for experts in electromobility and digitization. This also includes the automation of driving and the creation of new digital business models.

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