MB to set up new en­gine plant in Poland

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Mercedes-Benz has started con­struc­tion work at its first plant in Poland, which it says will set stan­dards in the lat­est pro­duc­tion pro­cesses and in­no­va­tive In­dus­try 4.0 tech­nolo­gies within the global pow­er­train pro­duc­tion. The new site in Ja­wor, com­pris­ing an area of around 50 hectares, is the sec­ond en­gine pro­duc­tion plant run by MercedesBenz Cars out­side Germany. Daim­ler is in­vest­ing around 500 mil­lion eu­ros (Rs 3,822 crore) in the new pro­duc­tion site for four-cylin­der en­gines for Mercedes-Benz pas­sen­ger cars.

“The new en­gine plant in Poland is a key el­e­ment in the growth strat­egy of Mercedes- Benz Cars. With the new site in Ja­wor, we are en­sur­ing the ef­fi­cient sup­ply of our ve­hi­cle plants with highly ef­fi­cient en­gines. We are align­ing our global pro­duc­tion net­work to­wards the fu­ture and show that we are able to do both sprint and marathon. Due to high global de­mand, we will be pro­duc­ing con­ven­tional en­gines for hy­brid ve­hi­cles and com­bus­tion en­gines in in­creas­ing quan­ti­ties meet­ing Mercedes-Benz’s proven top qual­ity, and at the same time we are pre­par­ing our pro­duc­tion net­work for elec­tric mo­bil­ity in the long-term,” Markus Schäfer, Mem­ber of the Divi­sional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Man­u­fac­tur­ing and Sup­ply Chain, said.

Green pro­duc­tion

The en­gine plant in Ja­wor is ex­pected to combine the lat­est sec­tor stan­dards with In­dus­try 4.0 and act as a bench­mark for en­gine pro­duc­tion. Along­side state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy, digi­ti­sa­tion po­ten­tials will also be ex­ploited, for ex­am­ple with app-based ap­pli­ca­tions in the ar­eas of per­son­nel and en­ergy man­age­ment. Re­spon­sive pro­duc­tion sys­tems are also ex­pected to en­able a flex­i­ble ap­proach to pro­duc­tion, thus mak­ing it pos­si­ble to pro­duce dif­fer­ent en­gine vari­ants on the same line.

“Here in Ja­wor we have the op­por­tu­nity to build a new plant for modern and highly ef­fi­cient en­gines based on ad­vanced stan­dards and in ac­cor­dance with our spe­cific re­quire­ments. We have had very good ex­pe­ri­ences in co­op­er­a­tion with our Pol­ish part­ners from pol­i­tics and busi­ness, and we are look­ing for­ward to the fur­ther good co­op­er­a­tion here in Ja­wor,” An­dreas Schenkel, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Man­u­fac­tur­ing Poland, said.

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