On January 29th, the Volkswagen plant in Mexico installed in Silao, Guanajuato, started the production of the EA211 engine, which will be integrated into the new TAOS, which is produced at the Puebla plant.
It was on November 12, 2020, when Volkswagen de México announced the investment of $233.5 million dollars to produce the new EA211 engine, which would begin at the Silao engine plant, Guanajuato from 2021, today it is already a fact.
‘Volkswagen in México has bravely faced the challenges of 2020, we implemented more than 130 prevention measures within our plants. We prepare the new production lines for the start-up of this new engine. Despite the pandemic, we were able to start with the production of the new vehicle in Puebla, the TAOS. We applaud everyone for this great success, ‘said Christopher Glover, Vice President of Production and Logistics at Volkswagen in México.
The Silao plant had to make various adjustments to carry out the production of the EA211 such as: installation of a new complete engine assembly line, as well as new production lines for Monoblock, crankshaft, cylinder heads and connecting rods.
‘This new engine is integrated into the new Taos, which is produced in Puebla. Our commitment is not limited to making investments, in technology we also focus on the environment. 100 percent of the production in Silao is from renewable sources, ‘said Steffen Reiche, President of the Executive Council of Volkswagen in México.
The manager highlighted that the start-up of production began as stipulated and with excellent quality, he also acknowledged that this result was thanks to the team of collaborators at Silao.
This new component is in addition to the production of the 2.0 liter EA888 Turbo engine, which Volkswagen in México uses for the vehicle assembly lines at the Volkswagen plants in Chattanooga (United States) and Puebla, as well as at Audi México, in San José Chiapas, Puebla.
‘This is a sign of the confidence that this world-class company has in Guanajuato. In addition, there will be a very positive impact for the entire supply sector that is made up for the automotive cluster and a greater economic impact will be reflected in the State, ‘said Diego Sinhue Rodríguez Vallejo, Governor of the State of Guanajuato.
Currently the Silao complex has a production capacity of a thousand engines per day, however with this new launch, it will increase its capacity by around 2,500 engines per day for the following year.
With this new investment, the complex will increase 75 percent of its installed capacity from what it had previously.
The investment of $233.5 million dollars for this new project is part of a historical total amount of the 855 million dollars located only in Guanajuato.
Present at the event were: Christopher Glover, Vice President of Production and Logistics of Volkswagen in México; Steffen Reiche, President of the Executive Council of Volkswagen in México; Diego Sinhue Rodríguez Vallejo, Governor of the State of Guanajuato; Mauricio Usabiaga Díaz Barriga, Secretary of Sustainable Economic Development of Guanajuato and José Antonio Trejo Valdepeña, Municipal President of Silao Guanajuato.
Source: Cluster Industrial