Mercedes GLC is now Made in Finland, too. Mercedes’ mid-size SUV started rolling off the assembly line of Valmet, in Uusikaupunki, Finland. And if you are asking who Valmet is, then you should know we are talking about one of Europe’s leading automotive contract manufacturers.
The Valmet plant also scores the largest concentration of robots in Finland. The Finnish company has a long relationship with Mercedes for which it also produced the A-Class since 2013. The GLC has received an extra production line, dedicated exclusively to the SUV.
Mercedes will not cease to make the at its own plant in Bremen, Germany, which will continue principal production for Mercedes’ successful SUV. The deal with Valmet comes after demand for the GLC has already been exceeding the maximum capacity of the Bremen site.
Delegating production to a third party is not new practice for Mercedes, which in fact, has a tradition in this field. Models like the G-Class or the smart forfour are made by Magna Steyr in Austria and Renault in France. Older models were assembled by sub-contractors as well: the R-Class in the US (Indiana, AM General), the CLK in Germany (but not by Mercedes, but Karmann).