Audi San José ChiapaTue, 09/15/2015 - 19:09
At the beginning of 2016, Audi will begin manufacturing its Audi Q5 in the new San Jose Chiapa plant. The facility, which measures 4.6km2 and required an investment of US$1.3 million, is expected to create 3,800 jobs directly and an additional 20,000 indirect positions in the area. Additionally, it will be implementing an internship program with an initial 216 apprenticeships, to which 80 more will be added on an annual basis. The employees are currently being trained in the integrated 20,000m2 training center in preparation for the beginning of production. The site is designed to have an annual capacity of 150,000 Q5 models, with local content reaching 65% by the beginning of 2016, but eventually increasing to 90%. The aim of the training center, according to Dr. Hubert Waltl, Audi
Board Member for Production, is to provide employees with specialized knowledge of the Audi Production System (APS) in order to ingrain detailed precision into the manufacturing process. The training center is being opened in collaboration with the State of Puebla and the Technological University of Puebla (UTP), which will assume the operations of the plant under Audi guidance. As a result, personnel selection, development, and further training are carried out in a cohesive way, with the support of the university trainers and fresh engineering talent. More than 1,500 courses will be given per year, in the face of increasing demand, since over 70,000 applications have been received to date. Included in the training center is a medical department for emergency care and modern training rooms and workshops equipped with the latest diagnostic technology. The company also plans to offer IT and language courses, with a focus on key areas such as the APS, in order to provide employees with a comprehensive education on Audi practice.
With an increased focus on sustainability, an integrated part of Audi’s business plan, preservation of resources will be prioritized, with a water project simultaneously implemented to improve biodiversity in the area. Audi México, in conjunction with the State of Puebla, is to invest US$22 million in the project, which involves planting 100,000 trees to replenish aquifers and balance out the carbon footprint of the plant. Moreover, the plant will implement measures to promote responsible water usage, recycling and treatment of waste water. The equipment in the plant is designed to reduce the use of heavy chemicals as far as possible, and a biological sewage plant will be constructed in order to remove organic materials from waste water. In fact, the company intends to avoid wasting water within manufacturing processes with the employment of cascading flushing systems and pretreatment painting processes that negate the need for water after spraying. Additionally, a reservoir on the site will collect approximately 175,000m3 of rainwater, which will then be reused for manufacturing processes, going a long way to achieving Audi’s strategy of optimization of water resources in the manufacturing process.