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Audi stepping up the pace again in 2012: 1,200 new jobs and new investment program

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Audi is investing heavily in its future and, as this year, is intending to recruit some 1,200 specialists in 2012. From 2012 through 2016 the Audi Group is planning to invest a total of € 13 billion, mainly in new products and technologies and in expanding its sites. Almost € 8 billion of this sum will be earmarked for the German locations of Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm.

Thomas Sigi, Member of the Board of Management for Human Resources at AUDI AG, declared: “We are aiming to achieve strong growth on an international scale and boost our lightweight construction and electric mobility areas of expertise in particular. That is why we will be hiring even more people and are planning to appoint a further 1,200 experts next year.” More people than ever before – a total of 3,500 – joined Audi in 2011. Audi had been planning to recruit 1,200 experts for its German locations but actually gave jobs to over 1,300 in Germany. Audi also gave permanent contracts to more than 400 temporary workers.

To cover its need for skilled employees over the next few years, the Company and the employees’ elected representatives have agreed to offer permanent employment contracts to apprentices, students from vocational training academies and participants of the StEP program (Study and Experience in Practice) after they complete their courses. Meanwhile Audi is developing an all-encompassing program for the promotion and development of its own junior employees over and above their narrower vocational training. “We enable our apprentices to gain experience abroad very early on, for example,” explained Sigi.

The Audi Group is planning to invest € 13.0 billion in property, plant and equipment from 2012 through 2016, making this the biggest investment program in the Company’s history. “To maintain our profitable growth, we will step up investment spending on new products,” said Axel Strotbek, Member of the Board of Management for Finance and Organization at AUDI AG. “The Audi Group plans to invest over € 2 billion annually in new products and technologies.” In total, more than € 10.5 billion is to be spent on the development of new models and on technologies of the future such as electric or hybrid drive.

The carmaker will also continue to invest substantial amounts in its factories. For example, a body shop, paint shop and press shop are to be added to the existing engine line and vehicle assembly line at the GyÅ‘r plant by 2013. The investment program focuses primarily on the German locations. “From 2012 through 2016 we are planning to invest almost € 8 billion in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm, because these domestic sites and their employees are the foundation on which our international success story is based,” emphasized Strotbek.

Source: http://www.audiusanews.com/pressrelease/2741//audi-stepping-up-pace-again

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Hankook Tire rolls its 25 millionth tyre off the production line in Hungary

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Neu-Isenburg, Germany/Racalmas, Hungary – Following the successful completion of the 2nd production unit of its European plant in Hungary and well ahead of target date, Hankook Tire announced that the 25 millionth tyre rolled off the production line in November 2011. The company’s outstanding dynamic growth has been fuelled by the increasing demand for Hankook tyres across Europe and the expanding OE supplies to leading car manufacturers.

Hankook Tire invested 550 million Euros to build its state-of-the art European production site in Hungary, which recently reached its full capacity and now produces up to 12 million tyres per year in addition to providing employment to 2,000 people.

Since the initial opening of the plant in 2007, the capacity has been growing steadily and dynamically: While 6 million tyres were produced in 2010; this year’s total production is expected to exceed 9 million tyres, going up to 12 million tyres as of 2012.

In the company’s ultramodern European plant tyres for passenger cars, SUVs and light trucks in over 500 different specifications are currently being produced. Due to the increasing recognition of Hankook’s high product quality across Europe, the manufacturing of UHP tyres is having an ever more significant share in total production. In addition, and giving proof of the excellent production standard, Hankook Tire’s OE supply has been showing continuous growth. The manufacturer is delivering directly to the European factories of Volkswagen, Hyundai and KIA. Hankook’s OE tyre production rate is currently accounting for a two digit percentage of the total production and is expected to grow further in 2012.

Hankook Tire, as a responsible company is committed to make investments that contribute to the future development of communities and the company. Since establishing the European production site, Hankook Tire has seen educational and social investments as one of its key priorities. A post-graduation Rubber Technology Engineer program in co-operation with the Dunaujvaros College was established in February 2009. The same year a tyre manufacturer vocational education and training programme for registered unemployed people was launched in partnership with the local secondary school and regional labour offices.

Source: http://global.hankooktire.com/compmed/News_View.aspx?pageNum=4&subNum=

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Honda Sets All-Time November Record for Automobile Production in China

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced a summary of automobile production, Japan domestic sales, and export results for the month of November 2011.Production in Japan for the month of November 2011 experienced a year-on-year decrease for the first time in two months (since September 2011).

Production in regions outside of Japan experienced a year-on-year decrease for the second consecutive month (since October 2011) despite all-time November record for production in China.Worldwide production experienced a year-on-year decrease for the first time in two months (since September 2011).

Total Japan domestic market auto sales for the month of November 2011 experienced a year-on-year decrease for the first time in two months (since September 2011).New vehicle registrations experienced a year-on-year increase for the third consecutive month (since September 2011).Sales of mini-vehicles experienced a year-on-year decrease for the first time in two months (since September 2011).

Fit was the industry’s second best-selling car among new vehicle registrations for the month of November 2011 with sales of 16,399 units. Freed wasthe industry’s sixth best-selling car with sales of 6,367 units. Step WGN was the industry’s seventh best-selling car with sales of 5,586 units.

Life was the industry’s eighth best-selling car in the mini-vehicle category for the month of November 2011 with sales of 4,865 units.Total exports from Japan in November 2011 experienced a year-on-year decrease for the first time in two months (since September 2011).

Source: http://world.honda.com/news/2011/c111222Automobile-Sales/index.html

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Nissan Production, Sales, and Export Results for November 2011

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced its production, sales and export figures for November 2011.Nissan’s global production in November increased 19.1% year-on-year to 443,094 units, marking an all-time record for a single month.

Production in Japan increased 25.1% year-on-year to 120,217 units, mainly due to increased demand for Serena, and increased exports of Infiniti G (Skyline in Japan) and Juke.Production outside of Japan increased 17.0% year-on-year to 322,877 units, marking an all-time record for the month of November.In the U.S., production increased 33.5% year-on-year to 49,445 units, mainly due to increased demand for Altima.

In Mexico, production increased 19.2% year-on-year to 57,592 units, due to increased demand for the new Versa and March.In the U.K., production increased 4.5% year-on-year to 46,606 units, mainly due to increased demand for Juke and Qashqai.In Spain, production increased 17.1% year-on-year to 14,812 units, mainly due to increased demand for Navara.In China, production increased 31.0% year-on-year to 120,027 units, mainly due to increased demand for the new Tiida, Sunny and Qashqai, marking an all-time record for a single month.

Production in other regions decreased 17.6% year-on-year to 34,395 units — despite increased demand for the new Sunny in India, as well as increased demand for the March in India and Indonesia — due to the impact of the floods in Thailand.Global sales increased 20.0% year-on-year to 408,680 units, marking an all-time record for the month of November.

In Japan, vehicle registrations in November increased 25.4% year-on-year to 39,463 units, mainly due to increased demand for Serena and the new Lafesta Highway Star.Mini-vehicle sales in Japan increased 47.3% year-on-year to 15,335 units, due to increased demand for Moco, marking an all-time record for the month of November.Sales outside of Japan increased 18.5% year-on-year to 353,882 units, marking an all-time record for the month of November.

Source: http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/NEWS/2011/_STORY/111222-01-e.html

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Mazda Production and Sales Results for November 2011

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Mazda’s total domestic production volume in November 2011 increased 1.6% compared to November 2010 due to increased production of both passenger and commercial vehicles.Mazda’s overseas production volume in November 2011 decreased 35.7% compared to November 2010, reflecting decreased production of both passenger and commercial vehicles.

Mazda’s total domestic sales volume in November 2011 increased 49.5% compared to November 2010, due to increased sales of both passenger and commercial vehicles.Mazda’s registered vehicle market share was 4.3% (up 0.8 points year-on-year), with a 2.8% share of the micro-mini segment (up 0.4 points year-on-year) and a 3.7% total market share (up 0.6 points year-on-year).

Mazda’s export volume in November 2011 increased 1.4% year-on-year, reflecting increased shipments to North America, Oceania and others.

[Domestic sales of key models in November 2011]
Mazda2 (Demio): 4,083 units (up 75.9% year-on-year)
Mazda3 (Axela): 1,896 units (up 86.8% year-on-year)
AZ-Wagon: 1,515 units (up 20.4% year-on-year)

Source: http://www.mazda.com/publicity/release/2011/201112/111222a.html

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