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© mercedes benz Business | August 03, 2016

Mercedes-Benz goes to Kecskemét (again)

German car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz expands its global production network with a new plant and the creation of around 2'500 new jobs at the site as well as additional jobs at suppliers in the region and in German plants.
Mercedes-Benz plans to establish a second plant at its Hungarian site in Kecskemét for the production of front- and rear-wheel-drive cars. “In the next few years, we plan to invest around one billion euros in building a new plant at our site in Kecskemét. We will establish a state-of-the-art and efficient production facility, in which different vehicle architectures will roll off the assembly line flexibly. With this highly modern ‘flex-plant’, we will create additional capacity along with the necessary flexibility according to Industry 4.0 benchmark approaches allowing us to react quickly and future-oriented to the market needs. Our company strengthens its competitiveness,” says Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain Management.

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The second plant in Kecskemét will have a body shop, a paint shop, a final assembly and a supplier park. According to Industry 4.0 benchmark approaches, a convertible factory is planned. It consists of networked production systems, a fully digital process chain, the intelligent use of production data and new models of cooperation between man and machine. Thus, it will be possible to make production more flexible and efficient and to implement ergonomic improvements in the future. Preparatory actions will already start this year; the start of production is planned for the end of the decade. The investment will create around 2'500 new jobs at the site as well as additional jobs at suppliers in the region and in German plants. The final decision and concrete realisation still depends on the implementation of various conditions.

“This investment decision proves that it was worthwhile for the Government to embark on an economic policy aimed at making Hungary the European centre of high value-added manufacturing activities,” says Péter Szijjártó, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét, which employs more than 4'000 people, has been a successful producer of compact front-wheel-drive vehicles for the world market since 2012. Since then, (as of February 2016) more than 500'000 vehicles have rolled off the assembly line. At the end of April 2016, Mercedes-Benz announced to invest around EUR 580 million in the expansion of capacity and the technological upgrade of the existing facility for the production of compact cars at the site. The new generation of compact cars will also be produced in Kecskemét.
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© Mercedes-Benz plans to establish a new plant in Kecskemét, Hungary: Markus Schäfer (right), Member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain Management, and the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó (left) after signing the MoU.
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