Production for the Audi A1 is underway. The new compact sports model will be exclusively manufactured in SEAT’s plant, and Geprom has been a part of the production process though the integration of systems for production monitoring, control, and management; and through projects of maintenance, logistics, and supervision of industrial processes.
This model joins the Audi Q3 which started being manufactured in Martorell back in 2011, and from which over 800.000 units have been made so far. The Audi A1 will contribute to maintaining the high production volume that these installations hold, since they are the factory which produces the most automobiles in Spain.
Regarding digitalisation, Geprom has been in charge of the Audi A1’s production monitoring, control, and management. All of that through the integration of the MES Legato platform in the different workshops in which the new model is being manufactured. Legato plans, controls, and monitors in real time all the information about the productive process (stocks, order planning, failures, production management, traceability, energy management, efficiencies and performances, among others). The collected data is processed and stored in real time and is turned into a personalised report for its analysis and decision making.
In the field of industrial automation, Geprom has developed turnkey projects which include electrical engineering, industrial programming, communication networks, electrical installations and start-up of maintenance systems, conveyors, and communication for the new Audi model.
The vice-president of production and logistics at SEAT, Christian Vollmer, pointed out that “having the manufacturing of the Audi A1 assigned to Martorell is a recognition of the excellent work done by the team at SEAT Martorell with the production of the Audi Q3 during these last years”. Vollmer added that this assignment represents the commitment that Audi has with the factory in Martorell as a strategic production spot for Volkswagen Group’s global network.
Audi’s chairman Peter Kössler highlighted the qualification of the workers in Martorell and the experience that the factory has achieved to be able to adapt to Audi’s production and quality system.
In 2018, more than 500 workers with indefinite contracts have joined the company. The reinforcement of the staff responds to the increase in production and the models of the Martorell factory, and to the strategic projects related to automotive connectivity and the digitalisation of the company, in which Geprom will take part.
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