Supervisory Board welcomes plans for Audi plant in Mexico
Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG:
"Excellent basis for sustainable growth"
The decision has been made: AUDI AG Board of Management and
Supervisory Board of AUDI AG approved plans to build a North American
plant in Mexico. The exact location for the new plant, which will
manufacture an SUV model starting in 2016, will be chosen by AUDI AG
later this year.
"As an established carmaking location, Mexico offers an excellent
economic basis for Audi production operations," declared Rupert
Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. Mexico is one
of the world's top ten automotive locations and offers a blend of
tradition and experience. The group parent Volkswagen already has an
automotive plant in Puebla and an engine plant in Silao. "Good
infrastructure, competitive cost structures and existing free trade
agreements played a significant role in the choice of Mexico,"
emphasized Stadler. "This trailblazing move will help us
safeguard our position on the world market. Our German locations, too,
stand to benefit from it."
"The new plant will become a fully fledged member of the Audi
production network and will implement the very latest standards in
terms of resource efficiency and production processes," stated
Frank Dreves, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for
Production. "Audi is all about premium quality no matter what the
location." Following on from the policy decision, the next step
will be to conduct a detailed examination of various locations in
Mexico. AUDI AG aims to choose the exact location within the course of
the year. "The factors that we will take into account include not
just the specifics of the real estate and its logistical links,"
emphasized Thomas Sigi, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG
for Human Resources. He also cited quality of life as a decisive
criterion. "It is important for us to be able to find
well-qualified employees there," continued Sigi, referring to the
need for an effective infrastructure of schools and universities.
Peter Mosch, Chairman of the General Works Council of AUDI AG, added:
"Stepping up production capacity safeguards our growth and at the
same time guarantees the capacity utilization of the main plants,
which we envisage will increasingly take on the role of lead plants
for our technologies. That means developing modern production methods
and strategies, using new materials and joining technologies, and
addressing the field of electric mobility. For the employees, this
offers attractive, secure jobs and additional career prospects. An
employment guarantee will also be agreed."
"It will be possible to supply customers worldwide with cars
built in Mexico to Audi's renowned standard of quality," said
Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for
Marketing and Sales, emphasizing the importance of an international
presence for international success. Schwarzenbauer added: "In
launching production operations in Mexico, Audi will enhance its own
competitiveness and move significantly closer to its sales target of
two million units per year by 2020."