Insecurity in Puebla affects Audi production

Due to the climate of insecurity in the state, the company Audi Mexico has suffered robberies of both finished goods and auto parts, said Gabriel Covarrubias Lomeli, president of the National Chamber of the Transformation Industry (Canacintra), to this end, he asked the state authorities to pay attention to the issue.

The industrialist said that, in material terms, the affectations not only involve loss of goods, but the German company may suffer penalties for delays in delivery of orders, as it carries a rigorous logistics and has agreed on commitments - even with other countries to which they send the model of the vehicle Q5.

"The call I make, and which the company has also made on several occasions, is that vigilance be increased, especially in this area, since they have fallen prey to crime, especially in supplying their suppliers," said the representative of the manufacturing sector brought together in the Business Coordinating Council (CCE).

Engine of labour

Covarrubias Lomelí said that this German company generates jobs in the state of Puebla and surrounding areas (3,800 technical workers), in addition to moving supplies and commercial activity in the area of San José Chiapa, where it is located, and in the eastern region.

The businessman said that, with the insecurity and the violent acts, the physical integrity of the workers who move merchandise, either by road or by train, is compromised. In addition, there are economic losses and the risk of affecting the sales or production of this transnational company.

"The economic loss may result in a decrease in production, in commercial delays that represent sanctions for the company for non-compliance, and that may fall prey to (technical) stoppages," he said.

Although there are no statistics on robberies in this area, Canacintra has detected it as one of the most dangerous, not only in Puebla, but in the country.

Audi Mexico plant in the state of Puebla closed in 2019 with a technical stoppage and opened this year also with an interruption of activities. For the first case, adjustments in production were argued and in the second, it was discussed to address technical issues.

AUDI MEXICO ACHIEVES PRODUCTION OF MORE THAN 500 THOUSAND VEHICLES MODEL Q5

Audi Mexico has developed successfully from its first year of production until now. Less than four years after the inauguration of the plant located in San Jose Chiapa, Puebla, has achieved the manufacture of Audi Q5 number 500,000.

In 2019 the plant in Mexico, with a volume of 156,995 units, exceeded its production capacity for the third consecutive time.

The Audi Group's automotive plant in Mexico is one of the most modern in the Americas, capable of producing 150,000 units annually.

"Half a million Audi Q5s made in Mexico over a period of three and a half years is just a sample of the strategy and performance we have as a factory.

"Audi Mexico is a strong, competitive company that has the talent of many employees. It is that spirit that makes us successful and allows us to build our future," says Thomas Slupik, plant director at Audi Mexico.

In 2019, Audi Mexico successfully passed the start-up of the Audi Q5 TFSI. The first car with an electrified drive train at the Mexican plant.

Audi Mexico has a strong commitment to environmental protection. Since July 2019, the plant covers 50% of its electricity requirements from renewable sources and from 2020 will be 100%.

In this way, Audi Mexico contributes to the objective of the Volkswagen Consortium, to be neutral in CO2 emissions by 2050. A plant with the characteristics offered by Audi Mexico requires connectivity in all directions.

Consequently, in the last weeks of 2019 was launched the Audi Mexico App, a new communication channel that allows employees and fans to stay informed about situations that occur in terms of production, or to learn about news that have to do with Audi worldwide.

Also, last year saw the graduation of the fifth generation of trainees, as well as the third of engineers under the dual system.

There were also several social programs such as Audi Girls' Day or Audi Habita, which seek to awaken the interest of young people in the region for the automotive industry.

Finally, Audi Mexico premiered new benefits such as the Reduced Working Day, a benefit based on labor flexibility. This is a tool that becomes very useful when employees become parents or want to invest some of their time in other activities such as studies. The goal is to remain one of the most attractive companies to work for in Mexico.

By Mexicanist