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28.05.2001 – 14:30

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Occupational safety at Audi improved still further

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    Ingolstadt (ots)

Working at Audi has become even safer: in the
year 2000 the number of industrial accidents at the Audi plants in
Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm dropped once again compared with the
previous year: with 6.3 industrial accidents per million hours
worked, Audi was able to reduce the previous year's level (1999: 6.8)
by 7.4 percent. In doing so Audi outperformed the average for this
sector, which fell to 12.0 accidents per million hours worked (1999:
13.3), by 48 percent.
    "Last year we once again recorded the lowest figure ever in
company history. Our goal is to sustain this success and build on it
in future", remarked Dr. Jochem Heizmann, Member of the Board of
Management of AUDI AG for Production, at today's presentation of the
2000 Audi Occupational Safety Award in Ingolstadt. Heizmann
emphasised that occupational safety represents an integral part of
the company's economic success. "Safety at the workplace is one of
the prerequisites for high quality production and products", stressed
    The 2000 Occupational Safety Award was presented to "Body
Development, Ingolstadt". This department succeeded in reducing its
accident figures from 6.4 in the previous year to 0.
    The trophy for accident-free work over a period of more than 2.1
million hours worked, which was awarded for the second time, went to
"Vocational Training, Neckarsulm" again. For the first time a trophy
was also awarded for continually reducing accident figures over the
past five years. This was won by "Power Unit Components, Ingolstadt".
Between 1996 and 2000 this department succeeded in reducing accident
frequency from 10.8 to 5.3 industrial accidents per million hours
    The awards were presented by the AUDI AG Board Members Dr. Jochem
Heizmann (Production) and Dr. h.c. Andreas Schleef (Human Resources),
Xaver Meier, Chairman of the Audi General Works Council, and Norbert
Rank, Chairman of the Works Council at the Audi plant in Neckarsulm.
    Xaver Meier emphasised the significance attached to occupational
safety by the General Works Council: "Employees' health and safety is
one of our most important tasks. Last year's outstanding result
serves to confirm the effective and close cooperation between works
council and company management." Meier went on to stress that the
General Works Council would play its part in ensuring that high
safety standards are sustained and further improved in future.
    Audi is an international developer and manufacturer of
high-quality cars. In the year 2000 the company sold more than
650,000 Audi models, bringing in sales revenues of DM 39 billion
(including the Italian importer Autogerma). The Audi Group currently
has more than 50,000 employees.
ots Originaltext: Audi AG

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