Five months after the official plant opening in Brazil, Mercedes-Benz has started the production of a second model at its new passenger-car plant in Iracemápolis. The compact SUV GLA will be flexibly assembled on the same line as the C-Class Sedan. Both models are bestseller of Mercedes-Benz in the Brazilian premium market.

“By expanding the local production in Brazil we are consistently strengthening our global competitiveness,” says Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management. “With the launch of the GLA in Iracemápolis we are setting new standards in terms of flexibility and efficiency: For the first time, vehicles with front and rear-wheel drive are rolling off the same assembly line in one of our plants. This makes Iracemápolis benchmark within the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars.” The highly flexible production is enabled through a low degree of automation in the assembly.

As a qualification measure for the production of the GLA, Brazilian employees were sent to the sister plants in Pune, India, and in Kecskemét, Hungary. On-site, they could get familiar with the production processes in order to pass-on their knowledge to their colleagues in Ircaemápolis as multipliers. The company thereby ensures that all vehicles meet the high quality standards of Mercedes-Benz wherever they are produced.

“Our employees are highly motivated,” states Christ Wittke, plant manager Mercedes-Benz Iracemápolis plant. “With the support of the production network, we were optimally prepared for the launch of the GLA. The team did a great job managing the production start of two models within just a few months.”

About the Mercedes-Benz Iracemápolis plant
The Mercedes-Benz Iracemápolis plant is located in the São Paulo region and was opened in March 2016. It is part of the global assembly network of Mercedes-Benz. This network also includes the production facilities in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. At these locations, Mercedes-Benz produces vehicles in various extension levels for local markets. The C-Class Sedan and the GLA are rolling off the assembly lines in Iracemápolis.

Source: Daimler AG