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Audi AG set their sights on expanding to a new production plant, the San José Chiapa plant in Mexico. Since operation started in 2016, the 12th plant for the company is its first to produce a global market model outside of Europe. Construction included a press plant, car body manufacturing plant and paint shop, as well as an assembly plant for the next generation of the Audi Q5 SUV model.
The new plant has a production capacity of 30 vehicles per hour, which means annual production of 150,000 vehicles. As of 2016, 3,800 people have been employed at the new facility, with an additional 20,000 indirect jobs also created in the region.
The requirements of the project were to make decisions promptly, and that sight wasn’t lost throughout construction. The teams involved were enthusiastic about keeping drawn-out disputes and discussions to a minimum, whilst additional challenges included coordinating the planning team in Germany and the construction team in Mexico, where it was essential that communication was always seamless despite working in two different time zones. It was quickly identified that Audi AG would benefit from multinational project management for this new build.
The thinkproject Design Management and Document Management tools were implemented to ensure that communications were kept clear, concise and auditable. The team demonstrated this by using invoice approvals to ensure that decisions between the Germany and the Mexico teams were not delayed and were correct before works were carried out.
By having a multinational project management platform for all partners, plus an efficient and structured cross-enterprise process has led to success for the build, as well as a celebration of major cross-national collaboration. The Mexico branch of the Audi production line is now thriving, with the plant now in its maintenance and operations phase.
German car manufacturer Audi design, build and market vehicles for a global market, producing luxury cars for users around the world. Founded in 1910, the company has become a recognisable brand. Owned by Volkswagen, Audi have several divisions and subsidiaries.
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