On May 14th, Audi México broke ground on a new JIS (just-in-sequence) Supplier Park that will house suppliers for its nearby plant in San José Chiapa. Located just south of the Audi plant, the new facility is scheduled to begin operation in late 2014. Attending the groundbreaking ceremony were Audi Board Member for Procurement, Dr. Bernd Martens, and Puebla Governor, Rafael Morena Valle Rosas.
“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.”
Seven suppliers will move into the supplier park, which will employ roughly 1,000 people and supply the nearby Audi plant, which will first produce the next-generation Q5. According to Audi, the high localization rate will create a total of 20,000 jobs in the region in the long term. The first phase of the facility’s development will occupy 24,000 square meters (258,333.85 square feet).
“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”, said Klaus-Peter Körner, Head of Production Audi México.