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Mercedes-Benz breaks ground on EUR1bn car plant in Hungary

ABR Staff Writer Published 06 June 2018

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars has broken ground on its first Full-Flex Plant in Hungary.

The new car plant will be located in Kecskemét, 90km from Budapest.

The plant will include a press shop, a body-in-white shop, a paint shop and an assembly. 

With the full-flex plant, Mercedes-Benz Cars is creating further capacity and also technical requirements for the flexible production of future vehicles, includes passenger cars with several body and drive variants.

At the plant, both passenger cars with conventional drive systems along with electric vehicles using latest technology in automated driving can be produced at the premises in safety and in compliance with statutory regulations.

The new ‘full-flex plant’ is claimed to be the nest step on the road to smart production. It is based on Factory 56 principles and is digitised consistently, designed for sustainable production.

Introduced by Mercedes-Benz Cars in February, the ‘Factory 56’ in Sindelfingen is one of the most modern car production facilities in the world.

It is claimed that the human is at the centre of all the activities and it is consistently ‘digital, flexible, green’. Core elements at the factory are digital interconnection of the infrastructure including the digital control of material flow and quality control.

The plant is not only digitised consistently according to Industry 4.0, it is also connected to other productions in the global production network.

As per the company, the plant will have ‘lean production specifications and will include ideal plant layout with short distances and processing times for maximum efficiency with a common pulse rate throughout the entire production process. This also includes human-machine cooperation and digitally supported processes.

Daimler stated that around 972,700 m3 earth is being moved for the construction. The area under construction is 382,033 m2, which is equivalent to 54 football fields and more than 17,000 tons of steel will be used in the construction of the second plant at the Kecskemét site.

Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary CEO and Mercedes-Benz Kecskemét plant site manager Christian Wolff said: “Our existing Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét has been a real success story since production started in 2012. Here we produce compact vehicles with front-wheel drive architecture for the world market.

“Today we continue to write history, as the second plant in Kecskemét not only contributes to the growth of the Hungarian automotive industry, but also provides future generations with direct access to international expertise and creates attractive long-term jobs.”

Image: Daimler investing €1bn in new Hungarian plant. Photo: Courtesy of Daimler AG.