Mercedes-Benz Cars is starting construction of its first “ Full-Flex Plant“ in Kecskemét, Hungary, about 90 km in the south of Budapest.
Overall, the company is investing €1 billion ($1.17 billion) in the new car plant and creating over 2,500 jobs. The first global “ Full-Flex Plant” of Mercedes-Benz Cars is the next step on the road to smart production. It is based on the “Factory 56” principles introduced in February, and is thus digitised consistently, designed for sustainable production and puts the human right at the centre of all activities.
“With an investment of €1 billion ($1.17 billion), we are building in Hungary the first ‘Full-Flex Plant’ in the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars. In a ‘Full-Flex Plant’, several vehicle architectures from compact models to rear-wheel drive sedans and various drive forms, including electric vehicles, can be flexibly produced on one line. Thereby we lift the production concept of ‘Factory 56’ to the next level,” says Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Manufacturing and Supply Chain.
The new car plant in Kecskemét consists of a press shop, a body-in-white shop, a paint shop and an assembly. The plant is highly efficient and has a CO2-neutral energy supply. With the “Full-Flex Plant“, Mercedes-Benz Cars is creating additional capacity and also technical requirements for the flexible production of future vehicles.
This includes passenger cars with a wide variety of body and drive variants. Both passenger cars with conventional drive variants and also electric vehicles using the latest technology in automated driving can be produced – under the premise of safety and in compliance with the statutory regulations.
To mark the laying of the cornerstone for the second plant at the Hungarian site in Kecskemét on June 5th, 2018, representatives from the worlds of politics and business came together. Besides Markus Schäfer, Péter Szijjjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, Klaudia Szemereyné Pataki, Mayoress of Kecskemét and Christian Wolff, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Kft. and site manager for the Mercedes-Benz Kecskemét plant, took part in the celebrations.
Mercedes-Benz Cars “Factory 56” assembly uses the latest production technologies according to Industry 4.0. The main focus is on the people and “Factory 56” is “Digital, flexible, green”. Mercedes-Benz Cars is expanding its production capacities and creating over 2,500 jobs.