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In June 2014, Firstronic was selected by Audi AG to produce the fuel pump controller for the next Audi Q5 SUV generation, which will go into production in early 2016. This vehicle will be assembled in Audi's new assembly plant located in San Jose Chiapa, Mexico.
This project's Mexican content requirements represented one of the strategic reasons for Firstronic deciding to establish a greenfield facility in Juarez, Mexico in 2014.
Firstronic de Juarez produced the first printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) for Audi in February 2015. Throughout 2015, Audi monitored Firstronic's progress as part of their green/brown field program for new suppliers for Audi Mexico. There were several audits performed by various Logistics, Quality and Engineering groups from Audi Ingolstadt to certify Firstronic's production line as well as the materials and quality systems that will support regular production in 2016.
In the third quarter of 2015, Firstronic de Juarez submitted an initial PPAP package in order to get approval for form/fit/function of parts produced with full production in-tent equipment that was deployed by Firstronic during the previous six months.
Firstronic has obtained the approval from Audi Mexico to focus on the next milestone which is to host the formal two-day production (2DP, run at rate) and product audit events during February 2015, as part of the VDA 6.3 requirements before granting full approval to Firstronic de Juarez to initiate formal production in April 2016.