Volkswagen AG's assembly unit in Puebla is supporting a local university's efforts to improve supplier standards, primarily in plastics.
The Universidad Popular AutÃ³noma del Estado de Puebla recently inaugurated its technology center.
The center's services are focused on developing research projects and [producing] innovative technology especially for the automotive industry, said university rector José Alfredo Miranda LÃ³pez.
According to Otto Lindner, president of Volkswagen de México, the center will support parts suppliers as they strive to improve production processes and develop products, particularly in plastics.
A Volkswagen spokesman in Puebla said the German automaker has not put money into the project but our engineers worked closely with university staff in setting up the new lab and have certified it.
The Puebla facility, located about 75 miles southeast of Mexico City, currently is the only light-vehicle assembly complex in the Americas for Wolfsburg, Germany-based VW AG.
However, the company has announced plans to build another facility in Chattanooga, Tenn. The latter facility is scheduled to start production of a midsize sedan in early 2011.