Audi opens automobile plant in Mexico, here are the details
Audi’s global growth
Audi opens automobile plant in Mexico, here are the details:- Audi is currently expanding its production network in the world and thus is walking towards the path of global growth. The Audi Board of Management opened its first automobile plant in the Northern American continent.
The four ringed brand will produce the new generation Audi Q5 for the world market in Mexico’s federal state of Puebla. Approximately the plant can annually produce 150,000 premium SUVs. At the end of the year, a total of 4,200 jobs could be created locally at Audi México.
Chairman of Audi AG says
AUDI is the first automobile manufacturer that will provide its facilities in Mexico. “The plant opened at the Mexico is a milestone in the history of our company and is an important step in our internationalization. It is one of the best modern factories placed on the American continent. With this modern facility, we have been successful in establishing an important site for the export of our automobiles to the customers all over the world,” said Prof. Rupert Stadler, Chairman, Board of Management of AUDI AG.
The country currently has twelve free-trade agreements with around 50 countries and therefore offers an ideal economic condition. Mexico is a powerhouse for the automobiles and automotive components.
“For us, the new plant is more than any financial investment of around one billion euros. Above all, it is a commitment to the site and to all people who together with us, have managed to make this great achievement,” continued Stadler.
About the new plant
“The plant in Mexico is precisely an example of the Audi Smart Factory. It is the first facility that we have put into operation completely virtually, that is, in a computer simulation,” said Audi’s Board of Management Member for Production Walt. We have tried to optimize the entire process chain and put the plant into an operation that is 30 percent faster than it’s usual.”
That was marked as a record in the automobile industry. Audi has applied the state-of-art technology in the factory planning. The plant initially took shape in a great detail in the virtual space, where the factory planners from different sites were able to work on the plant structure simultaneously. As a result, Audi was able to set up its complete car plant with a press shop, body shop, a paint shop and an assembly line on an area of 400 hectares (988acres) in the record time of merely three and a half years. Ultramodern plant equipment and a highly efficient logistics allow an annual production volume of around 150,000 Audi Q5 vehicles.
Thanks to the various water treatment methods and the application of the new technologies in the paint shop, the plant will be completely free of wastewater. New equipments will significantly help in reducing water, gas and electricity consumption facilitate the resource-efficient production.
Adjacent to the park a supplier’s park has been established. Around seven suppliers and logistics providers have currently started operations there in time for the start of production of Audi Q5. The JIS park namely ‘just in sequence’ guarantees a short distance from suppliers’ buildings to the assembly line and allows a punctual delivery of all components for the premium SUV.
At the initial stage of production, Audi is sourcing more than 70 percent of the parts from the NAFTA region and is planning to increase this proportion of localization over the long term. More than 100 companies have already supplied parts for the Audi Q5 from their sites in Mexico.
With all social responsibility, the company also supports all people in the region. Audi México has till date taken more than 3,300 local employees on board. Audi is preparing its employees for their future tasks with the training courses at the new training center.
Approximately 5,300 training courses have been carried out so far. In addition, the Audi has provided advance training to its 750 Mexican employees in Germany, assisted by the experienced mentors. Audi México offers diverse entry possibilities to the young talented people.
The all new Audi Q5 combines the sportiness of an Audi sedan with a versatile character and a highly variable interior. Be in terms of connectivity, efficiency or driver assistance systems, the Four Rings SUV sets new high standards in its segment.
Till date, the company has delivered 1.6 million of the Audi Q5 to its customers across the world, making the model the most successful premium SUV in its segment. The Audi Q5 is still produced at the locations in China and India for its local markets.