Within the framework of the EU’s International Urban Cooperation Program (IUC), which aims to support cities and regions of the world to connect and share solutions on sustainable development, a delegation from Styria visited Puebla to work on issues of common interest such as the automotive industry, green technologies, creative industries, training and entrepreneurship.
In the program, 4 Mexican regions have been selected for participation: Puebla, Chihuahua, Yucatán and Colima for collaboration with European counterparts.
During the exchange, and after the traditional presentation of the local city to its visitor, the delegation of Styria (Austria) paid a visit to the workers training center of AUDI, in the state of Puebla, Mexico.
In this center, dedicated to the training of workers, the Styria delegation in Puebla was able to verify the training that AUDI employees receive in the manufacturing processes, safety procedures and operation of the machines; as well as to work in a team and the values and culture of the company.
The automotive industry in Mexico represents 3% of the national GDP and 18% of the GDP in manufacturing. Puebla is one of the states where it is expected to have greater automotive investment, so that the Puebla entity continues with the sustained performance in the sector of manufacturing, mainly in the automotive industry. For example, AUDI invested 1.3 billion pesos (equivalent to US$67,000) for the Q5 model.
Therefore, it is estimated that automotive production in Mexico will increase to 5% this year, because in the previous year it remained the seventh largest vehicle manufacturer in the world, being among the ten producers of automotive, in which it contributed 13 % to the global industry.
Automotive safety will continue to deliver results this year, since it is required to offer Mexican consumers the same minimum level of vehicle safety in all models, as it does in cars produced in Mexico and exported to countries such as Japan, Australia, United States and Europe.
For example, in the United States and the European Union it is already required that all vehicles have an ABS and ESC system: in Mexico, the first steps have barely begun. The Ministry of Economy has already established some safety standards that require new vehicles to include ABS, safety belts with three anchors, air bags and front and side protection for 2020.
Already in the final stretch of the cooperation program between these two cities, organized by the European Union, the delegation of Styria was able to meet with the representative of Coparmex of the state of Puebla, when he spoke about the challenges and investment opportunities in Mexico.
About the IUC-LAC (Latin America and Caribbean)
This is the chapter for Latin America and the Caribbean of the IUC Global program. With a budget of more than 5 million euros and three years of duration, 20 cities in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Peru have been chosen; and 20 regions of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru for collaborations with their European counterparts.