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Audi officially inaugurated its Mexico plant Sept. 30 (Photo: Audi)

Audi said the control center at its newly opened plant in Mexico, known as P-Control, lets the premium car brand make further improvements to its manufacturing processes.

"The centralized P-control station is the most advanced in the Audi production network," Audi manufacturing boss Hubert Waltl said at the inauguration of the factory last week.

The control center is manned by 105 employees who are spread out over a 400 square-meter floor.  The central control station combines five control consoles, a first for Audi. At other plants, these consoles tend to be in different locations.

“The combined layout of individual interfaces enables effective, direct communication between the different control centers," Waltl said. He added that the setup allows managers to react faster to deviations in the manufacturing process.

The Mexico plant, which is based in San Jose Chiapa, is fully connected to the rest of the company's worldwide manufacturing network. As part of this fully networked infrastructure, engineers at Audi's headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany, can, if needed, gain direct access to the Mexican control center to offer technical support.

The new plant, which also includes a dedicated quality lab and a training center, was designed on the computer. Waltl said it was "the first virtually planned automobile plant."

The Mexican facility, Audi's 12th plant worldwide, will build the Audi Q5 mid-sized SUV. It has a a capacity of 150,000 vehicles a year.