Audi to Invest in Product Development Firm

With a resume that includes having done work on vehicles including the BMW 1, 3, 5, and 7 Series; Mercedes SLS and CLK; Porsche 911, Boxster and Cayenne; MINI; Rolls-Royce; Audi R8, TT, A6, and A8, and with expertise in a variety of areas including design-to-cost, feasibility studies, tooling, CAD, scheduling, project management, and exterior and interior development, it is not a stretch to say that csi verwaltungs GmbH is a capable firm.

With a resume that includes having done work on vehicles including the BMW 1, 3, 5, and 7 Series; Mercedes SLS and CLK; Porsche 911, Boxster and Cayenne; MINI; Rolls-Royce; Audi R8, TT, A6, and A8, and with expertise in a variety of areas including design-to-cost, feasibility studies, tooling, CAD, scheduling, project management, and exterior and interior development, it is not a stretch to say that csi verwaltungs GmbH is a capable firm.

So capable that Audi is planning to acquire 49% of it.

Said Michael Dick, member of the Board of Management for Technical Development at Audi AG, “The engineers at csi have been a reliable partner to us for more than a decade. Together we have already brought plenty of successful projects onto the road—the R8 being a prime example.

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Audi R8

One of csi’s areas of expertise is materials, including high-strength steel, aluminum, magnesium, and plastic. Said Steffen Boll, director and co-founder of csi, about the congruence between Audi and his firm, “Take lightweight construction, for example. Our approaches to intelligent composite construction are a good fit—there will be plenty of scope for synergy.”

The firm employs approximately 250 people in various sites throughout Germany.

This is a clear sign that Audi is going to be increasing its product development.