Mercedes-Benz has announced the expansion of its Hungarian plant from Kecskemét. Here, Daimler’s luxury car division will produce the next generation of compact cars, following a hefty investment.
In total, 580 million euros will be injected by Daimler in the technological development and the expansion of the location. In addition to a new body shop, money is invested in efficient and innovative equipment. Furthermore, the factory’s capacities will be expanded once again.
Around 250 million euros are spent on the new body shop, which is equipped with state-of-the-art technology. It is being built on an area of 99,000 square meters and has been designed to let in as much daylight as possible in order to create a bright and pleasant working condition.
Other parts of the plant, for example the press shop, will also be expanded as part of the total investment. Moreover, the production line will receive various adjustments and robots for surface treatment.
In the final assembly section for the next generation of compact vehicles, materials will now be brought to the assembly line in pre-picked baskets of goods. This will be done completely autonomously by driverless transport vehicles with prepared baskets of goods from the logistics and picking zones. Not only does this eliminate the need for workers to go get the materials themselves but it also helps them to determine if all components have been installed since a look into the baskets at the end is all that’s needed – yet another simple and effective way to improve quality assurance.
This is just one of the innovations that Mercedes-Benz will apply to other plants in the global production network as well.
The Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét employs more than 4,000 people. Over 180,000 compact Mercedes-Benz vehicles were produced in 2015. The Mercedes-Benz B-Class was the first model to roll off the line in Kecskemét in 2012. This was followed in 2013 by the four-door compact CLA Coupé and the CLA Shooting Brake in 2015. Both of these models are produced exclusively in Kecskemét for customers around the world.