With a commitment of 300 million Euros, the Supervisory Board of Daimler AG has given the green light to expanding the transmission production capacity for Mercedes-Benz cars. This is because the current transmission plant at Stuttgart has been running at full capacity, and the company sees the additional capacity as an important factor to the company’s 2020 growth strategy.
Andreas Renschler, Member of the Daimler Board of Management for Manufacturing and Procurement Mercedes-Benz Cars and Mercedes-Benz Vans, explains: “The expansion of our production network to include an additional location for transmission assembly is designed to perfectly complement our existing capacities. Our goal here is to serve the high customer demand with even greater flexibility in the future.”
The additional capacity will be built up at the company’s Romanian subsidiary, Star Transmission. The Romanian company has proven itself to be a capable partner with more than 10 years of producing transmissions for Mercedes-Benz. Adds Peter Schabert, Head of Powertrain Production for Mercedes-Benz, “Star Transmission has been a reliable partner of our German powertrain locations for over 10 years. According to the current planning status and based on our excellent experience with Star Transmission, the preferred option for providing the additionally required assembly capacities in a flexible manner is to expand the activities there.”