Toolmaker of the year 2015 Audi Toolmaking wins Excellence in Production competition

Editor: Barbara Schulz

Germany - The jury was convinced last week that Audi deserves to win the 2015 Toolmaker of the Year Award for the fourth time. Organised by the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology and the WZL tooling laboratory at RWTH Aachen University, the award is given annually to the top toolmaking shops in Germany, selected by a jury.

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Audi Toolmaking is the "Toolmaker of the Year" 2015.
Audi Toolmaking is the "Toolmaker of the Year" 2015.
(Source: Schulz)

Audi walked away with the trophy late in the evening of 11 November in Aachen, where around 280 guests assembled in the Coronation Room of the city's town hall. The crowd waited impatiently as Michael Wiglenda, Global Senior Director at the Technical Competence Centre Medical Systems at Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH (who won the 2014 award), listed the accomplishments of the German car maker's tool shop.

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The jury composed of members from the fields of industry, business and research were convinced by the diversity of innovations from Audi Toolmaking - ranging from intelligent tools that independently control themselves to safeguard the precision of sheetmetal parts measured in hundredths of millimetres to 3D printers for the production of metal parts. The jury also praised Audi Toolmaking’s technological capability as well as its financial, organisational and strategic aspects.

The result: Audi was voted the winner in the individual category “Internal toolmaking with more than 50 employees” and in the overall competition. This is already the fourth victory for Audi Toolmaking, which means it is the record prizewinner. “Toolmaking has always been one of Audi’s core competences," said Prof. Dr. Hubert Waltl, board of management member for production at Audi. "With our inventive talent, we succeed again and again in pushing the boundaries of what is technically feasible. In this way, we lay the foundation for our high-quality car bodies and maintain our excellent standing vis‑à‑vis our international competitors.”