Mercedes-Benz is starting the construction of the company’s first “Full-Flex Plant” in Kecskemet, Hungary. The one billion euros investment at the Hungarian plant creates over 2,500 jobs.
The first global “Full-Flex Plant” of Mercedes-Benz is being built approximately 90 kilometers south of Budapest. The production is based on the “Factory 56” principles recently introduced and it is consistently digitized, yet putting the human right at the center of all activities.
A press shop, a body-in-white shop, a paint shop and an assembly facility are all integrated in the plant with CO2-neutral energy supply. Using the latest of technology in automation, the production includes passenger cars with a wide variety of body and drive variants, both conventional and electric.
Representatives from the worlds of politics and business came together to mark the laying of the cornerstone for the second car plant in Hungary, where Mercedes-Benz is investing one billion euros.
The future “Full-Flex Plant” will move 972,700 cubic meters of earth, with the area under construction being of 382,033 square meters, which is equivalent to approximately the size of 54 football fields. To raise the structure from the ground up, 17,000 tons of steel will be used at the Kecskemet site, which is equivalent to 1.7 Eiffel Towers.
The plant starts out as fully digital, even from the depiction and optimization planning phase. The human though is still at the heart of all operations, as their workstations are ergonomically optimized, enabling new forms of communication in a cutting-edge work environment.
Modular building structures, with an energy-efficient and green design, make up the new car production center at the Kecskemet site. The facility is working hard on reducing waste and water consumption, while making use of renewable energies for a CO2-neutral energy supply. All German plants will be supplied with CO2-neutral energy by 2022.
Approximately 4,000 people work at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét, the factory that rolled out more than 190,000 last year. The B-Class was the first to be manufactured there, soon followed by the CLA in 2013 and the CLA Shooting Brake in 2015. The new A-Class has just joined the Hungarian-made Mercedes family.