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Paulo Monteiro, head of Logistics, VW Group of America Chattanooga Operations speaks to Christopher Ludwig, editor-in-chief, Automotive Logistics at ALSC Mexico about the benefits of sharing knowledge across the carmaker’s divisions. 

Monteiro says that the Chattanooga, Tennessee plant is in regular contact with the wider group, as mentioned on the Red Sofa by Peter Koltai, senior director of Logistics, Volkswagen de México. He explains that leading the way in terms of EV logistics was a learning curve, particularly because legislation for EV shipping and exports were not established in the US at the time. 

”That is the kind of information that we are now sharing, not only with our colleagues in Puebla [Volkswagen de México] but also with our colleagues in Scout.” 

The Scout plant in South Carolina will make the resurrected Scout off-road brand on an electric platform and will operate it as an independent unit. The plant is set to be up and running from 2026 with annual production capacity set around 200,000. 

Monteiro adds that having similar processes and shared supply chains across the VW Group adds an additional layer of resilience. “As a group, we share the same platform,” he says. “That’s a strategy from VW that means we have the same kind of part numbers and parts on each car. [Recently] we had an interruption with one of our suppliers that went bankrupt out of nowhere, and we were able to bring parts immediately out of Europe and continue production. That’s one of the advantages of sharing the same kind of supply chain.” 


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Automotive Logistics & Supply Chain Mexico 2023 took place December 5-7 at the Marquis Reforma Hotel, Mexico City. Click here for more highlights and insights. The next event in Mexico returns to Mexico City November 12-14, 2024.