AUDI AG is investing more than € 1 billion in the new site’s plant and infrastructure, including the most environmentally friendly paint shop on the American continent.
Audi México has already recruited 2,500 employees for the production of automobiles (December 31, 2015: 2,505); a total of 4,200 people will be employed at the site in San José Chiapa by the end of 2016. The economy of the entire region will profit from this development. In addition, there are already 320 apprentices in five occupations at the Audi site, including auto mechanics and car-body specialists. It is planned to take on around 80 apprentices each year in the future. The dual training system is based on the German system and combines theory with practical experience. The dual cooperation partner is the Universidad Tecnológica de Puebla (UTP). Training courses with more than 1,500 employees will be carried out each year in the new training center with total floor space of 20,000 square meters. The training center has been laying the foundations for the employees’ top qualifications since it was opened in October 2014.
The new Audi plant will have an annual production capacity of 150,000 Audi Q5 models each year. Audi has selected approximately 180 suppliers for the Audi Q5. By the start of production, Audi México will source more than 65 percent of value added locally, in the medium term, more parts are to be purchased locally.
Smart logistics are part of Audi Mexico. The plant will use RFID (radio-frequency-identification) antennas, allowing flexible production and supply chains. Audi Mexico is the first factory in the entire VW Group to implement such technology for the complete material and container flow. The new plant is being constructed in accordance with applicable Audi standards – including for sustainability and environmental protection. The plant is based on designs with a clear emphasis on environmental protection. As in the other plants of the Audi Group, for example, we are installing a mechanical, chemical and biological process-water treatment system, which is intended to make the factory practically wastewater neutral. The same applies to CO2 emissions from production (CO2 neutrality). The environmental protection guidelines are the same as those applied by AUDI AG.
Audi México has already planted more than 100,000 trees on 100 hectares (247 acres) in the neighboring county of San Jose Ozumba to help replenish groundwater.
In November 2015, the company launched the Audi Orchestra in the context of the Esperanza Azteca initiative. This project aims to integrate children from seven to 17 years old from the region into a choir and an orchestra, each with 100 members. With this initiative, Audi aims to develop cognitive and manual skills, foster teamwork and develop a sense of community between San Jose Chiapa and Audi.
Business responsibility is a firm component of Audi’s corporate strategy. The new plant in Mexico, which is the world’s most modern Audi plant, places priority on ecological, social and economic sustainability, and is thus playing an active part in shaping the region’s future.
Facts and figures
Chairman of the Board of Management: Prof. Rupert Stadler
Chairman of the Supervisory Board: Matthias Müller
Employees (AUDI AG): 59,506 (as of December 31, 2015)
Employees (Audi Group): 84,435 (as of December 31, 2015)
Deliveries to customers (2015): 1,803,250 automobiles of the Audi brand
Production (2015): 1,830,334 automobiles (including Lamborghini and CKD)
Audi at the site in San José Chiapa
Site: Audi México S.A. de C.V.
Audi start of production: 2016
Employees: 2,038 (December 31, 2015)
Models (as of 2016): Audi Q5
Fuel consumption of the models named above:
Fuel consumption of the Audi Q5:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.9-4.8 (29.8-49 mpg US)
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 181-126 (291-203)