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AMM excursion to Bavaria

As part of a two-day excursion, AMM students gained valuable insights into the development and production processes of Continental, AUDI, MAN and BMW

16 AMM students traveled together with Prof. Kurt Gaubinger (Head of Studies AMM) and Prof. Thomas Schlechter (Professor for Automotive Mechatronics) to Bavaria to visit some leading automotive companies and gain insights and knowledge about their production, design, and future technologies.

The first destination on this trip was CONTINENTAL in Regensburg which is Continental's largest electronics plant in the world. In addition, the Regensburg plant with its approximately 8000 employees was selected as a pilot location for industry 4.0 and so the students got impressive insights into state of the art production facilities. Then AMM moved on to Ingolstadt where they arrived at the headquarter of the AUDI AG. Some time was given to explore Audi´s history at the Audi museum. Afterwards the group was given a special tour throughout the AUDI's production facilities, where the A3 and A4 models, among others, are manufactured. The guide of the tour was Dr. Harald Altinger, an executive of Audi´s department "pre development highly automated driving" and at the same time lecturer at the AMM.

The next day, a visit to MAN in Munich was on the agenda. Dr. Christoph Baumberger, a senior employee in the Engineering/Product Architecture department of the company and also a lecturer at AMM, welcomed the AMM team. This visit consisted of an extensive tour of the production site and the AMM group got to see how different trucks are assembled within the same production line and how MAN manages final assembly and testing. MAN was generous to treat the group with some lunch as they presented some of their future product strategies and their approaches to design complex product architectures. At the end of the day AMM headed to “BMW World” where they had some time to explore the vehicles on display in this exhibiton and got a guided tour of the legendary BMW Museum.

“This trip to Bavaria gave the AMM group a better understanding of how OEM and supplier companies in the automotive industry test, develop, and produce their vehicles. It was an exciting experience for the AMM group and they now have new expectations for what it means to be an engineer in the mobility industry”, concludes Prof. Gaubinger.