Weak demand stalls Audi plant
04 October 2012, 12:28
Audi used the 2012 Paris auto show to reveal some of its future models but event also concealed wider problems affecting the European market as the German automaker announced a production halt at its Neckarsulm plant.
According to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Audi elected to shut down operations at Neckarsulm for the first week of October, 2012 in what the automaker called "a one-off adjustment” regarded as “forward planning”.
ON COURSE FOR 1.4m
The Neckarsulm facility is the second largest in the automaker’s network. Audi builds A6 and A8 sedans at the plant and is expected to produce 271 000 by the end of 2012.
Audi chairman Rupert Stadler confirmed at Paris that Audi is forecast to sell 1.4-million cars in 2012, with only Western Europe presenting cause for concern. Audi sold 1.3-million vehicles in 2011.
About 250 of the 1400 contract workers employed at the plant will lose their job.