A just-in-sequence (JIS) supplier park next to Audi's new plant in San José Chiapa, Mexico, opened officially on Saturday, is home to an initial seven suppliers and will create about 1,000 jobs.
Audi procurement head Bernd Martens said: "The supplier park is an important element of our localisation strategy. The short distances will foster rapid communications, efficient processes and smooth logistics."
The JIS Park was developed together with O'Donnell México.
"The supplier park right at the doorstep to the new Audi plant was a unique opportunity for us. Here we could improve our clients' competitiveness by establishing perfect infrastructure and advanced supply-chain logistics," said company president David O'Donnell.
Construction of the new JIS Park started in late 2014 and Audi Q5 production two years later. Short distances from the suppliers' halls into the car plant ensure punctual delivery of parts, help to conserve resources and reduce the burden on infrastructure in the region, according to Audi.
The first stage of the park covers an area of 26 hectares (60 hectares of total area).
About 100 suppliers deliver components from locations in Mexico. The Q5 started production with 70% of its purchased parts and components from suppliers in the NAFTA region.