In Münchsmünster, Germany, Audi has increased the production of lightweight aluminum die castings for the automobile maker’s Q7 line of SUVs. More than 30,000 structural components have already been produced in 2015, including connecting elements in the suspension gear mounts and suspension strut supports for the next-generation A4. Total volume should reach approximately 200,000 parts by the end of the year.
“The components we are manufacturing in Münchsmünster are helping us perfect our systematic lightweight construction,” says Hubert Waltl, Audi’s board member for production. “This is a major contributor to reducing weight in the new Audi Q7, which is up to 716.5 lbs. (325kg) lighter than its predecessor.”
Audi began operations at its new 5.2 million-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in late 2013. In addition to diecasting capabilities, the Münchsmünster site also produces hot- and cold-formed pressed parts and chassis components.