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Sorry, I seldom post here anymore.
I'm sure that a plant that wants to go to the effort of dialing stuff in can get paints and plastics to match very well-- regardless of where they are.
I just know that several paint codes for VW products made in Puebla were cancelled mid-year or scaled back because injection molded parts made on different days came out in different colors and that was blamed mostly on the high altitude in terms of getting those particular pigments to be consistent. The paint was *generally* more consistent but if the doorhandles were darker and the bumper was lighter, they'd have to do re-work to match everything.
In the end it just didn't make sense to keep throwing money at paint codes that didn't sell well, so many were discontinued.
If you see a gold VW New Beetle, they're particularly rare-- apparently only a few dozen were made because they absolutely couldn't dial in the colors. This from a car that half the point of buying it are all the special paint colors and coordinating trim pieces. It's not like a 'speed 3 where people buy it because it has 260+ hp. They buy it because it's yellow...
Prior to the Mz3, I had a Ford where the paint code was affected by the Fukushima earthquake/tsunami. The particular blue pigment (for "Kona Blue") used for their dark blue paint code was sourced from Japan and supplies were disrupted. As the supply chain started to run out of Kona Blue they went with a lighter/brighter blue, their "Sonic Blue." It wasn't the closest pigment on earth, but that was chosen because they had been using it for years and they knew they could get the injection molded stuff to match with very little effort.
Ironically, the Sonic Blue was more popular (I bought that color code specifically-- the other blue was kind of boring) and it was retained. Kona Blue I think still exists but didn't make a repeat appearance on that car. I guess that makes the kona blue valuable (?) (not really.)
Oh, and if you can convince BMW to offer Avus Blue again, especially on the 1-series, that would be great :-)