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04 Apr 2013

Audi is working on the development of sustainable production systems aluminum

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Audi is working on the development of sustainable production systems aluminum

Audi joins the initiative Aluminium Stewardship to collaborate in the development of a global standard in sustainable manufacturing methods with aluminum. As a pioneer in the automotive aluminum, the company will bring its experience to define environmental applied throughout the life cycle of this material, from extraction to production and processing criteria.

The initiative Aluminium Stewardship was founded in the fall of 2012 and aims to develop a standard for sustainability aluminum 2014 late, with the support of the environmental organization IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). It's environmental and social criteria that apply to all stages of the extraction of raw materials and the production and processing of aluminum down.

The initiative Aluminium Stewardship fits with the philosophy of AudiAs it currently and analyzes the environmental impact of their products through their entire life cycle, from extraction of raw materials to the production and operation of recycling.

For each new model series, Audi has a certified environmental analysis in order to assess the impact on the environment, and the goal is reduce compared to the previous model. For example, the company has been able to demonstrate that both the current Audi A6 and Audi A3 have improved in all relevant environmental categories. The new Audi A3 has a better environmental footprint than its predecessor from the first kilometer. Besides sustainable materials and manufacturing processes, the lightweight construction plays an important role. This makes the Audi A3 to be lighter-80 90 kg kilograms for the Sportback-A3 than the previous generation.

20 years must go back to remember the first car manufactured in aluminum by  Audi. It was Audi Space Frame, A spectacular silver car with bodywork made from polished aluminum unpainted, which Audi presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show. In 1994 went into production the first Audi A8, A body aluminum weighing only 249 kg.

With its current ultra-lightweight construction, Audi applies an intelligent mix of materials, according to the motto "the right material in the right place, at the minimum amount necessary." Weight reduction increases driving pleasure, improves security, and has less impact on the environment. After all, every kilogram reduced means less fuel consumption and less emitted CO2.

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