Mercedes-Benz continues its successful cooperation with Valmet Automotive: The Finnish contract manufacturer will produce the next generation of compact cars at its plant in Uusikaupunki. Since 2013, the current A-Class is being produced at the plant already.
“We are convinced that the next generation of Mercedes-Benz compact cars continues on its road to success. With the follow-up order for Valmet Automotive, we utilize additional production volumes for our new compact vehicles. Working with professional cooperation partners is an important strategic pillar in our flexible and efficient production network,” says Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain Management.
The lead plant for compact cars within the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars is based in Rastatt, Germany. Further locations are the Hungarian Mercedes-Benz plant Kecskemét and the Chinese production site BBAC in Beijing. As part of the cooperation with the Renault/Nissan Alliance a joint plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico, is currently under construction.
With its plant in Uusikaupunki, Valmet Automotive remains the optimal add-on of the global compact car production of Mercedes-Benz Cars: Since 2013, additional units of the current Mercedes-Benz A-Class have been produced there. This contract has already been extended to the end of 2017 due to strong demand. Both the A-Class and the GLC are produced on the same assembly line since the additional production of the mid-range SUV has started in February 2017.
”The cooperation with Valmet Automotive is extremely successful. That is why we continue this cooperation for the next generation of compact cars. Valmet Automotive meets the high standards of processes and quality. That is why we honoured Valmet Automotive with the Daimler Supplier Award 2016,” says Dr. Klaus Zehender, Member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars, Procurement and Supplier Quality.
Source: Daimler AG