Published on October 22nd, 2015 | by Subhash Nair0
Mercedes-Benz Builds its 25,000th Commercial Vehicle on Malaysian Soil
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s Pekan Production Plant today marked the production of its 25,000th Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicle.
Speaking at the Pekan production plant, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Vice President, Commercial Vehicles, Albert Yee said, “Marking the 25,000th Commercial Vehicle is certainly a landmark moment for us at Pekan. To us, it demonstrates how Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles and our production facilities have continued to be a hallmark of premium quality. As a first-class product, Mercedes-Benz trucks represent reliability and cost-efficiency that comes with a service quality of comprehensive expertise. Ultimately, Mercedes-Benz delivers trucks you can trust.”
Mercedes-Benz’s legacy and technological superiority can be attributed to Daimler AG’s truck assembly plant in Wörth, Germany, the world’s largest facility of its kind. Mirroring first-class technology and production methods, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia carries on the tradition of excellence in Commercial Vehicles at its production line in Pekan.
As one of nine Daimler CKD commercial vehicle production facilities worldwide, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s Pekan production plant continues the 100-year legacy that comes with a Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle. Spread across 19,000m2, the commercial vehicle production line is operated by 176 employees, and has a current capacity of 4,000 units a year.
The Pekan production plant produces a large variety of commercial vehicles, including the largest in the world, the Actros. Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Vice President, Production Plant, Ingbert Grombach said, “Reaching the 25,000th commercial vehicle is a definite milestone for us. We are very proud of the work that we do at this production plant. Every detail, from assembly to painting and quality control, counts; and as we would like to demonstrate, every truck has earned its star.”
The commercial vehicle production line differs from passenger vehicles. With shorter and wider space to accommodate the size of commercial vehicles, the production process has five stations. Work begins with the Frame Assembly and moves on to Cab Painting and then to Assembly Line. To ensure utmost quality, commercial vehicles are sent to Testing and finally for completion, it reaches Inspection and Buyoff.
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s commercial vehicle portfolio is designed for a wide range of applications. From long-distance to short-radius distribution transport, work on construction sites and rescue operations, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has supplied commercial vehicles to multinational corporations and a variety of organisations, including fire stations, hospitals and rescue services. With a current market share of 16.4 per cent, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has also secured significant fleet deals since establishment, with key partners such as Swift Haulage Sdn Bhd, Interway Transport Sdn Bhd and Landbridge Haulage Sdn Bhd.
As a customer-oriented solutions provider, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia continues to develop its product portfolio and after-sales service in tandem with the demand for commercial vehicles. Its current best-selling model, is the six by two configuration, Mercedes-Benz MP3 Actros 2640LS.
In conclusion, Albert Yee said, “Today has been about recognising our Pekan production plant, and the initiatives undertaken to master the commercial vehicle production line which ultimately produces vehicles of the highest quality. Going beyond passenger vehicles, we hope to further cement our presence in the country as a committed investor in the Malaysian commercial vehicles segment.”
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia provides after-sales support for its commercial vehicles via 14 service centres nationwide.