Audi To Cut Over 10% Of Its Staff By 2025: Focus On EVs

Audi To Cut Over 10% Of Its Staff By 2025: Focus On EVs

11/29/2019

The German manufacturer intends to cut up to 9,500 jobs and save billions for investment in electrification and digitalization

Audi announced yesterday that by 2025 it will reduce its workforce in Germany by up to 9,500, which is some 10.6% of total staff.

That should translate into $6 billion ($6.6 billion) of savings by 2029, which will allow investing in new areas like electrification and digitalization, adding up to 2,000 new jobs in those areas.

“The 6 billion euros thus generated will secure the strategic targeted return corridor of 9 to 11 percent and will flow into future projects such as electrification and digitalization. In this way, Audi.Zukunft will sustainably strengthen the competitiveness of the Four Rings and will make the company fit for the coming years.

In Europe, Audi already produces the e-tron in Belgium, which soon will be joined by the e-tron Sportback.

In late 2020, the production of Audi e-tron GT concept will start in Neckarsulm, Germany (where the production capacity of all models is scheduled for 225,000 annually).

The Ingolstadt plant in Germany (total capacity of 450,000 annually) is also poised to produce EVs:

“The Ingolstadt site is currently preparing for the production of premium electric vehicles. In Neckarsulm, the all-electric Audi e-tron GT will already drive off the assembly line as of 2020. The other production lines will also be gradually equipped for electric mobility.”

Rolf Klotz, Chairman of the Neckarsulm Works Council:

“We see it as the management’s duty to keep their promises. With long-term electrification, Audi.Zukunft is now creating facts. We are thus securing the future viability of the Neckarsulm plant.” An “Electrification Neckarsulm” fund is being set up specifically for this purpose. By 2025, a total of 300 million euros will flow into this fund to secure the necessary construction measures for the production of electric vehicles in Neckarsulm.

Source: Audi, Reuters

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