Mercedes-Benz GLC (X 253) 2015

Η Mercedes-Benz ανακοίνωσε σήμερα πως επεκτείνει τη παραγωγή της GLC και από το 2017 θα την κατασκευάζει και στο εργοστάσιο της Valmet Automotive στο Uusikaupunki της Φινλανδίας.

Το μοντέλο σήμερα κατασκευάζεται στο εργοστάσιο της Γερμανικής εταιρίας στη Βρέμη και στο εργοστάσιό της στο Πεκίνο, με την Valmet να έχει αναλάβει μέρος της κατασκευής και της A-Class από το 2013, με την σύμβαση να ολοκληρώνεται το 2016, με το Φιλανδικό εργοστάσιο να κατασκευάζει περισσότερες από 100.000 A-Class.

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Mercedes-Benz Expands Production Capacities for the GLC

Manufacturing contract for Valmet Automotive

  • From 2017, the new GLC will also roll off the line in Uusikaupunki, Finland.
  • The Bremen plant continues to be the main production plant.
  • Markus Schäfer, Member of the the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars, Produktion and Supply Chain Management: “Working with contract manufacturers is an important factor in our global production strategy at Mercedes-Benz Cars.”

Stuttgart, Germany – Mercedes-Benz is continuing its growth strategy and expands production capacities for the new GLC. The main production facility continues to be the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen, Germany, where the GLC has been produced since July. The Finnish contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive will produce additional volumes of the new mid-range SUV from 2017, at its plant in Uusikaupunki.

“Working with contract manufacturers is an important factor in our global production strategy at Mercedes-Benz Cars,” said Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain Management. “We respond flexibly to the level of demand in our markets, and can satisfy our customers’ preferences more rapidly.”

As the main production facility for the GLC, the utilization of the Bremen plant’s capacity is high. That is why Mercedes-Benz is leveraging additional capacities offered by contract manufacturing. “Following a strong launch in Europe, a right-hand drive version of the GLC will also be available for the first time from December. We expect this to be another strong contributor to growth,” said Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales. In October, 47,379 customers decided in favour of an SUV from Mercedes-Benz (+26.1%). This record was set with strong contributions from the GLC which recorded double-digit growth as well as a new sales record last month.

“With Valmet Automotive we have an established and reliable partner offering state-of-the-art technology,” stresses Dr. Klaus Zehender, Member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars, Procurement and Supplier Quality. “We have been producing the A-Class there since 2013. We aim to continue this success story with the GLC.” Valmet Automotive has been producing additional A-Class volumes under contract for Mercedes-Benz in Uusikaupunki since 2013. The order comprises a total of more than 100,000 units through 2016. The GLC order has a comparable volume.

As the global lead plant for the GLC, Bremen will support the ramp-up of the model series at Valmet Automotive in the same way as the already successful ramp-up at BBAC in Beijing in October 2015. The lead plant concept allows Mercedes-Benz to ensure top quality at all of its locations and production facilities around the world.

About the new Mercedes-Benz GLC

The GLC represents a logical progression for the successful SUV philosophy of Mercedes-Benz. It combines the ultimate in driving comfort with a high level of sportiness, and as a result is impressive both on and off the road. Sensual purity and modern aesthetics complement the classic off-road look of the vehicle’s successful predecessor, the GLK. The new GLC impresses in all conditions with the outstanding level of safety that is typical for the brand, state-of-the-art assistance systems and energy-efficiency. Fuel consumption is up to 19 percent lower than for the predecessor model.

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, Technology Fabric, logistics, and quality management. 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.