Audi and wheel maker Cromodora have agreed to a long-term, 10-year, cooperative undertaking that will see the Italian company build a new wheel plant in eastern Europe exclusively for Audi and the Volkswagen Group.
Production is scheduled to begin in 2023, and the companies say it will be cost-effective, sustainable and resource-efficient. Audi guarantees to Cromodora the sourcing of its wheels for a specified period of time.
The new plant on a Greenfield site gives the partners the opportunity to create sustainable processes from the very beginning. The aim is to use green power, secondary materials, minimised consumption of fresh water, and certification by the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative. Internal loop systems are to be established, for example, to re-use waste material in the plant’s own production.
Audi and Cromodora have agreed to transparent, optimised cost structures and risks are to be shared by the two partners – for example, if the costs of raw materials rise.
“Through our strategic cooperation with Cromodora we are creating a new form of collaboration, from which both sides benefit,” said Dr. Bernd Martens, member of the board of management responsible for Procurement and IT. “The new plant is also a textbook example of our ability to work economically and at the same time sustainably.”