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Published on May 22nd, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Mercedes-Benz Plant Berlin to Become High-Tech Location for Components to Reduce CO2

Daimler continues to back Berlin as a location. The company is investing a total of around 500 million euros in the Mercedes-Benz plant in Berlin, which is being developed into a high-tech facility for component production. This is part of the transformation plan agreed between the company and the Works Council, which will secure employment at the location for the long term. The Group’s oldest production facility in operation is already an important part of the powertrain production network at Mercedes-Benz Cars. In the future, Berlin will be a global center of competence for the production of the innovative CAMTRONIC engine management system, giving it a unique position within the production network.

Mercedes-Benz Werk Berlin, Deutschland: Endkontrolle in der Montage der innovativen Motorsteuerung CAMTRONIC. / Mercedes-Benz Berlin plant, Germany: Quality check at assembly of the innovative management system CAMTRONIC.

The Mercedes-Benz plant in Berlin, which was established in 1902, and its more than 2,500 employees develop and produce state-of-the-art components and parts made using environmentally-friendly manufacturing technologies. These play an important part in reducing vehicle CO2 emissions. Furthermore, the V6-cylinder diesel engine is produced in Berlin.

Mercedes-Benz Werk Berlin, Deutschland: Montage Nockenwellenversteller. / Mercedes-Benz Berlin plant, Germany: Assembly of camshaft adjusters.

With the agreement of this transformation plan, the plant is continuing to push forward its development into a high-tech component manufacturing facility, focusing on the expansion of capacity for state-of-the-art products that set the company apart from the competition. In addition to high-precision transmission parts, camshaft adjusters and fuel systems, these include the CAMTRONIC valve timing system that will be the subject of the majority of the agreed investment.

Mercedes-Benz Werk Berlin, Deutschland: Montage der Kurbelwelle im Mercedes-Benz V6 Dieselmotor OM642. / Mercedes-Benz Berlin plant, Germany: Assembly of crankshaft in Mercedes-Benz V6 diesel engine OM642.

Another element of the transformation plan for the Mercedes-Benz plant in Berlin is the agreement on safeguarding the supply of junior talent for the next three years. Starting in 2016, the number of vocational training positions at the location will be increased to 24 a year. This represents an increase of 20 percent in the technical vocational training offered. The training offered at Berlin includes the vocations of mechatronic technician and cutting machine operator.

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