“We expect strong growth in North America and are committed to an equally ambitious procurement strategy,” said Martens. “With the very high localization rate, top-class qualification of our local suppliers is also extremely important.” Local content is expected to be 65 percent when production of the Audi Q5 begins, and will later increase to 90 percent. Supplier selection is currently underway.
Two-thirds of the more than 200 requests for tender for parts such as windscreens, tires and cockpit electronics have already been completed. Premium quality and delivery reliability are the primary selection criteria. “That applies worldwide, regardless of the production location,” says Martens.
Seven of the more than 100 suppliers from the NAFTA region will move into the supplier park, which in the first phase of development will occupy 24,000 square meters (258,333.85 sq ft). Klaus-Peter Körner, Head of Production Audi México: “Efficient logistics are essential in order to build the Audi Q5 according the individual wishes of the customers. The tight integration of the suppliers into the plant enables fast and efficient processes.”
Roughly 1,000 people will be employed at the JIS Supplier Park in San José Chiapa, from which they will supply the Audi plant with components just in sequence. The high localization rate will create a total of 20,000 jobs in the region.
The folder of the JIS Supplier Park is available at Audi MediaServices.
Photos of the event can be downloaded on Thursday, May 15, as of 10 a. m.
Fuel consumption of the model named above:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.5 - 4.9;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 199 - 129