Mercedes-Benz Vans invests $150 million in the production of the next generation of the large van Sprinter in Argentina. Yesterday, Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, announced this investment in a personal meeting with Mauricio Macri, President of the Argentine Republic. Preparations for the production ramp-up at the plant in Argentina as well as other global Sprinter plants are already on-going. The roll-out of global production will start before the end of the decade. As part of the ramp-up and future production of the next generation Sprinter in Argentina, Mercedes-Benz Vans will create more than 500 additional jobs at the plant. Currently, Mercedes-Benz Vans employs approximately 2,300 in total in Argentina.
Volker Mornhinweg: “Argentina has been playing a key role for our international growth strategy ‘Mercedes-Benz Vans goes global’ and it will continue to do so in the future as well. With our investment we underline the importance of the market, our customers in Argentina and our outstanding country team. We have a longstanding history in Argentina and we are the undisputed market leader with our ‘world vehicle’ Sprinter. The professional work of our local team as well as our suppliers in Argentina will ensure top quality in any vehicle manufactured here by Mercedes-Benz Vans.”
Roland Zey, Managing Director Marketing & Sales for Latin America: “Our van icon, the Sprinter, stands for great versatility, offering customers highly efficient and reliable transport solutions. We’re very excited about its next generation which will redefine this aspiration – and which will be on top fully connected.”
About Mercedes-Benz Vans in Argentina
The plant Centro Industrial Juan Manuel Fangio in the town of González Catán near Buenos Aires, which was founded in 1951, was the first Mercedes-Benz production site outside of Germany. Since 1996 Mercedes-Benz Argentina has produced in total around 290,000 Sprinter there. Since 2015 the mid-size van Vito also rolls off the assembly line. The plant additionally assembles bus chassis and trucks. The plant covers a surface of approx. two million square meters.
In 2016, Mercedes-Benz Vans established a new regional Competence Center in Buenos Aires to strengthen its marketing, sales and after sales organization in Central and South America. It enables an even stronger focus on the specific characteristics of the van business. Mercedes-Benz Vans is thereby even closer to customers and markets in Latin America.
Source: Daimler AG