Production for the new electric Mercedes-Benz EQ-brand will be based out of the company’s Sindelfingen facility — currently home to the production of the S- & E-Class models — according to a new press release from Daimler.
The decision follows “intensive” negotiations between the company and the relevant work councils, according to the press release.
“The Sindelfingen site plays an important role in the electric offensive of Mercedes-Benz Cars and is being advanced into a competence center for EV of the upper range and luxury class,” commented Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain Management.
“The agreement between the company and the works council further allocates the production of the next generation E-Class to the Sindelfingen plant. In this context, Sindelfingen will be appointed as lead plant for the S- and E-Class production within the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars. …
“To further improve workforce flexibility and increase efficiency in production the company and the works council decided to create innovative working schemes. A comprehensive qualification program will prepare employees for the integration of new electric vehicles in series production. In addition, the employment of 125 temporary workers has been prolonged for another year.”
The Chairman of the Works Council at the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant, Ergun Lümali, commented as well: “It is very important for the works council and the employees at the site in Sindelfingen to integrate electric vehicles into the series production of conventional vehicles. The agreement is another crucial milestone for the plant’s further development as a competence centre for innovation and technology. It is also crucial that we were able to secure the production capacity at the site. This agreement ensures the future of the Sindelfingen team, which convinces every day with its performance and its high flexibility.”
As a bit of background, to further explain the context of the announcement, the Sindelfingen facility currently employs around 25,000 people.
For more background on the company’s planned EQ brand, see: Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ — 300 kW & 500 Kilometers (NEDC).
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