Η Mercedes-Benz ανακοίνωσε ότι από τώρα, έως και το 2020, θα επενδύσει περίπου 1 δις ευρώ στο εργοστάσιο της στο Rastatt για την παραγωγή της επόμενης γενιάς των compact μοντέλων της.
Η εταιρία δεν αποκάλυψε πότε θα λανσαριστούν αυτά τα μοντέλα αλλά είπε ότι τα χρήματα που επενδύει, θα χρησιμοποιηθούν για την “σημαντική αύξηση” της παραγωγής καθώς και την πρόσληψη 250 νέων, μόνιμων υπαλλήλων. Να σημειώσουμε ότι αυτή τη στιγμή, το εργοστάσιο απασχολεί περίπου 6.500 υπαλλήλους ενώ το 2014, η παραγωγή σημείωσε νέο ρεκόρ φτάνοντας τα 292.784 οχήματα.
Transformation plan for the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant: Mercedes-Benz Rastatt Plant to Invest 1 Billion Euros for Production of Next Generation Compact Cars
- Company and Works Council agree on transformation plan for the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant covering further technological development and long-term safeguarding of jobs
- Location to produce the next generation of Mercedes-Benz compact cars and to be further strengthened in its role as the global lead plant for compact cars
- Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain Management: “With our transformation plan for the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant we have laid the foundation for the successful production of the next generation of our compact cars. We will achieve significant gains in flexibility and efficiency. At the same time, we will strengthen the role of the location as the lead plant for compact cars within our global production network.”
- Stefan Abraham, Site Manager of the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant: “The investment of around one billion euros provides clear proof of the trust we have in the motivation and professional competence of our workforce at this location.”
- Ullrich Zinnert, Chairman of the Works Council of the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant: “With the significant investments, the permanent hires, and the conservation of our previous number of vocational training positions, the Rastatt location has been placed on a secured foundation for the future. We are glad that we were able to push and agree upon these items. This is a very positive signal for the workforce.”
The Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant will also produce the next generation of Mercedes-Benz compact cars. Between now and 2020, Daimler will invest around one billion euros in the further technological development and expansion of production at the location. At the same time, within the framework of the “Transformation Plan” for the Rastatt plant, the company and Works Council have agreed a package of measures that will lead to significant improvements in the location’s competitive position and ensure stable employment for the next years. This includes more flexible working time arrangements and overall cost savings in the triple-digit million euro range. In addition, the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant will create 250 new permanent jobs. The agreement will run until the end of 2024.
“With our transformation plan for the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant we have laid the foundation for the successful production of the next generation of our compact cars. We will achieve significant gains in flexibility and efficiency. At the same time, we will strengthen the role of the location as the lead plant for compact cars within our global production network”, said Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain Management.
Capacity utilization at the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant, which has a workforce of around 6,500 employees, is running at a high level. In 2014, the plant posted a new production record of 292,784 vehicles and thus contributed significantly to the growth seen in the successful compact car segment: In 2014 unit sales grew by 24.7 percent to 463,152 vehicles of the A-Class, the B-Class, the CLA and the GLA. Mercedes-Benz has never before delivered so many compact cars in a single year. In addition, a new sales record was achieved in the first five months of 2015, with 215,148 vehicles sold. The success story of the Mercedes-Benz compact cars began in 1997 with the market launch of the A-Class. Since then, over four million customers have opted for an A-Class, B-Class, a CLA, or a GLA.
In line with the Mercedes-Benz 2020 growth strategy, the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant will significantly increase its production in the coming years. “The transformation plan for the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant has been pivotal for us as we could secure the production for our next generation compact cars. Our growth course will lead to significant improvements in economic efficiency and will secure employment at the location for the long term. The investment of around one billion euros provides is a clear proof, that we trust in the motivation and professional competence of the workforce at this location, which delivers top quality on a daily basis”, said Stefan Abraham, Site Manager of the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant.
Furthermore, the Rastatt plant will maintain the number of vocational training positions over several years and will offer trainees the opportunity for a permanent job after the successful completion of their programs. At present, the location trains 70 apprentices and dual university students each year. The agreement also includes extensive measures for improving ergonomic working conditions, including 250,000 euros per year that will be reserved from the investment total for ergonomic measures which can be implemented on short notice. Other measures include a health center, which is currently in the planning stage and will require further investments.
Ullrich Zinnert, Chairman of the Works Council of the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant: “With the significant investments, the permanent hires, and the conservation of our previous number of vocational training positions, the Rastatt location has been placed on a secured foundation for the future. We are glad, that we were able to push and agree upon these items. This is a very positive signal for the workforce. One particularly important issue for us are the investments to improve ergonomics and address the demographic change.”
About the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant
The Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant is the biggest employer in the region, with a workforce of around 6500 employees. Within the global Mercedes-Benz production network, the Rastatt plant is the lead plant for the production of compact cars worldwide. The A-Class, B-Class and B-Class Electric Drive, as well as the compact SUV GLA are manufactured at the location. In 2014, a total of 292,784 vehicles rolled off its production lines. The production network of the current compact car generation further includes the plant in Kecskemét, Hungary (production: B-Class, CLA, CLA Shooting Brake), the Chinese production location BBAC (Beijing-Benz Automotive Co. Ltd – joint venture between Daimler AG and BAIC Motor; production: GLA) and the Finnish contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive (production: A-Class).
About Mercedes-Benz Cars Operations
Mercedes-Benz Cars Operations is responsible for passenger car production at 26 locations around the world as part of a flexible and efficient production network involving more than 70,000 employees. This includes the central functions of planning, logistics, and quality. Mercedes-Benz Cars produced more than 1,754,000 Mercedes-Benz and smart passenger cars last year, marking the fourth record in a row.
The network is based on the product architectures of front-wheel drive (compact cars) and rear-wheel drive (for example the S-Class, E-Class, and C-Class) as well as the SUV and sports car architectures. In addition, there is a powertrain production network (engines, transmissions, axles and components). Each of these production networks is grouped around a lead plant that serves as a center of competence for the ramp-up of new products, technology and quality assurance.
The focus of day-to-day work is on the continuous improvement and refinement of state-of-the-art production methods, which allow future high-tech vehicles to be produced in a way that is efficient, flexible and environmentally friendly, according to the typical Mercedes-Benz quality standards. All of this revolves around the employees and their expertise, whose work is systematically supported by ergonomic workplace design and intelligent automation. In addition to its own production plants, Mercedes-Benz is increasingly leveraging partnerships and utilizing capacities at contract manufacturers as part of its growth strategy.