After a phase of suspension of production and short-time work caused by the Covid-19- pandemic, the Mercedes Benz Factories in Untertürkheim, Berlin, Hamburg, Sindelfingen and Bremen have successfully restarted production.
On April 20, the engine and component plants in Untertürkheim, Hamburg and Berlin gradually recommenced production, followed by the Mercedes-Benz car plants in Bremen and Sindelfingen last week. On May 4, the Mercedes-Benz car plant in Rastatt will also gradually restart.
The plants in Kölleda and Arnstadt (MDC Power and MDC Technology), , will also restart production on a step-by-step basis. These include the Mercedes Benz Factories in Sebes/Cugir (Romania), Kecskemét (Hungary) and Tuscaloosa (USA). The restart will be on a flexible basis so that ongoing developments can be taken into account.
With this production ramp-up, Mercedes-Benz is continuing its product and electric initiative. The company is seeing a significant increase in demand in China, as its largest sales market. The Untertürkheim plant produces engines and components that are required for the production of Mercedes-Benz vehicles in China and for the gradually restarting Mercedes-Benz assembly plants
For the same reason the Mercedes-Benz plant in Berlin has recommenced production of Camtronic engine management units, among others. The plant in Hamburg produces axles and axle components for Mercedes-Benz vehicle production around the world. The battery plants in Kamenz, where batteries for the EQ family, drive batteries for plug-in hybrid vehicles and 48 V batteries are produced, continued to operate during the suspension of production and short-time work phases as important strategic aspects of the electric initiative by Mercedes-Benz – on a 2-shift basis with strictly segregated shifts and extensive safety measures for the employees.
At the Mercedes-Benz car plant in Bremen the production capacities are gradually being increased for the entire product range, for example the Mercedes-Benz GLC, the bestselling SUV last year. At the same time production of the EQC is being successively increased on the same line as part of the electric initiative.
The Sindelfingen plant is responsible for production of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the S-Class. The electrified models of the E-Class and S-Class, and also the hybrid and plug-in variants, are also produced at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen.
o protect the employees, the company has taken precautions to prevent infection and has agreed on a comprehensive package of measures with the General Works Council, introducing these in the plants. These include hygiene and cleaning standards, regulations to maintain a minimum safety distance of 1.5 metres and the use of masks covering mouth and nose in production.
Daimler has decided to suspend most of its production as well as work in selected administrative areas in Europe for an initial period of two weeks (March 23 to April 5, 2020). This was followed by short-time work in Germany starting April 6. The situation continues to differ within the company. Short-time work will continue in some areas .The short-time work affects the Group’s car, van and commercial vehicle plants in Germany. Necessary basic functions, as well as future plans and strategic projects, are excluded from short-time work so that they can quickly get back to work after the crisis.