Volkswagen has opened a new engine plant in Silao, Mexico marking the company’s 100th such plant worldwide. This new plant will concentrate on supplies of fuel efficient TSI engines to North American vehicle plants in Puebla and Chattanooga. The new VW plant has been constructed as per environmental standards of Volkswagen’s ‘Think Blue Factory’ program offering both efficient use of resources while concentrating on reduced production related emissions.
This new plant has been designed for a medium term annual capacity of 330,000 units with investments to the tune of $550 million. 700 new job opportunities will be created on account of this new plant which spans an area of 60 hectares. Special roof lights are seen in production halls which will contribute to energy efficient lighting in the factory premises while special care is taken to ensure that natural light levels are maintained.
The Mexican market has proved to be noteworthy for VW Group with deliveries totaling 165,900 in 2012 as compared to 153,300 in 2011 resulting in an 8.2 percent rise YoY.