Daimler AG is investing EUR 500 million on transforming the Mercedes-Benz plant in Hamburg and is expanding the product range with key components of electric mobiity as part of an agreement between plant managers and the works council, the company announced Thursday.
Wolfgang Lenz, Site Manager Mercedes-Benz plant Hamburg, said: “With the investment of 500 million euros, we will develop the Hamburg plant into a high-tech site producing drive components for electric mobility. This is a proof for the high qualification and outstanding performance of our employees.”
New growth potential for site
Frank Horch, Senator for Economics, has welcomed the decision: “Hamburg offers with the Senate’s innovation strategy the best preconditions for companies. Mercedes-Benz is restructuring the site In this context. Innovative technologies, procedures and products are opening up new growth potential for the economy and are creating and maintaining qualified workplaces as well as offering locational advantages in the international competition for the finest brains.”
Management and the works council have agreed to raise the number of trainee places to 26 for 2017 and 2018 respectively. Ten new, unlimited jobs are to be created and will be filled this year. Jörg Thiemer, Chairman of the Works Council Mercedes-Benz plant Hamburg, said: “For the employees, the now agreed transformation plan is a clear, positive signal: The plant takes part in the company’s growth strategy and profits from future prospects of the industry. Our central goal in the negotiations was the assurance of future products for the site. The increase in the number of training places and permanent positions indicate that the company continues to count on the plant in Hamburg”
Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain Management, said: “The completion of the transformation plans is an important milestone in our growth strategy. We put our vehicle and powertrain plants on a future-oriented and sustainable foundation and strengthen their international competitiveness. Thus, we increase the flexibility and efficiency in our global production network. For that purpose we are investing several billion euros.”