Volkswagen Trucks and Buses to expand production capacity in Queretaro
Volkswagen Trucks and Buses revealed plans to expand its operations in Mexico. For this purpose, the company plans to inaugurate a new production line in its factory in Queretaro in the first quarter of 2019.
The new structure will serve to resume the assembly of MAN bus chassis with specifications for the Mexican market. In addition, the company has just installed a new logistics center with a view to increasing the sales of special vehicles to meet the Mexican customer.
“We are going to celebrate 15 years in Mexico and these investments demonstrate the maturity of our operation in the country. We doubled our production volume in the last year, with the modernization of the existing line and the introduction of new VW truck and bus models. Now is the time to take the next step,” said in a statement Roberto Cortes, president and CEO of Volkswagen Trucks and Buses and member of the Board at TRATON Group.
With the new line, the Queretaro plant will have a production capacity almost 15% higher, reaching 6,000 vehicles per year. The expansion will also represent the allocation of the MAN RR3 and RR5 chassis, coming from completely knocked down (CKD) kits coming from the MAN factory in Germany. Once imported, the decision to resume local assembly is a tactic for better planning of volumes and to meet the demands of models in the Mexican market.
The new assembly line will occupy an area of 1,500 square meters. For greater space optimization, it will share quality inspection areas with the other models assembled in Querétaro.
To enable this increase, the Mexican factory has just enabled its first logistics center. Located in the industrial park of the factory, it is about 600 meters away, in an exclusive warehouse with 4,200 m2, to house the stock of components, which previously remained in the area of the new line.
The new production line contemplates since its inception the concept of traditional assembly flexibility of Volkswagen Trucks and Buses to respond quickly to market oscillations. It is also equipped with modern electronic and pneumatic equipment for tightening and torque control, ensuring accuracy throughout the process.
Traceability is also visible along the entire assembly line: all information is stored in real time in the VW network to ensure compliance and facilitate verification of the specifications determined for each model.