Audi AG had announced earlier that its $1.3 billion production facility in Mexico which will build the next gen 2017 Audi Q5 SUV is set to open in the second half of 2016. The company now aims to expand its relationship with the supplier community from the United States and Canada.
As a part of this, Audi has invited more than 200 people from the North American region to its first ever supplier day that is to be held at August 20 at its plant in San Jose Chiapa in southern Mexico. The supplier day has been organised for the suppliers to meet Audi executives and demonstrate their capabilities while exploring possibilities to develop a business relationship.
Audi has been working with suppliers for the past three years prior to prime them in time for the first rollout next year. The company has a goal of 90 percent of the value of each Q5 produced in Mexico to come from suppliers based in Mexico, Canada and the USA.
If Audi meets its objectives this could generate an approximated 20,000 indirect jobs throughout North America at supplier plants, in addition to the 1,800 jobs created in Mexico from the Audi plant. The executives from Audi inform that they are about two-thirds of the way in fulfilling the 90 percent goal.