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Mercedes-Benz supports the Kecskemét centre of SOS Children's Villages with an electric car

The Mercedes-Benz factory in Kecskemét, together with Mercedes-Benz Hungária Kft., handed over the first Kecskemét series produced EQB to the local SOS Children's Villages centre for one year of permanent use. The purely electric powered vehicle, which rolled off the production lines in autumn 2021, will make family visits to foster parents, the daily operational tasks, and the child-related administration easier. To ensure the organization’s mobility permanently, a modern electric charging station has also been installed in the children's village with the support of the factory. The Kecskemét branch of the organization, which has a long history of several decades, has been taking in children from their families since 1990 and is currently taking care of 62 foster families and 184 children. Mercedes-Benz's donation makes a big difference to them, as it makes it much easier to keep in touch with the foster families. Most of their children are located within a 60-kilometre radius of Kecskemét, so the experts of SOS have to travel a lot when visiting the families.

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A new era in the history of Hungarian car manufacturing: the first pure electric Kecskemét model went into series production

Hungary's pure electric series produced car, the new compact SUV model, the EQB was launched at a ceremony in Kecskemét in October 2021. The Mercedes-Benz production lines in Kecskemét now include all drive systems, from classic combustion engines and plug-in hybrids to pure electric ones. The production of the pure electric compact SUV in Kecskemét is an important milestone for the Hungarian plant and also a guarantee that the Hungarian site will remain an important pillar of Mercedes-Benz Cars' flexible global production network in the long term.

As part of the transformation of the Mercedes-Benz production network towards the production of electric cars and digitalization, a total investment of more than €100 million has been made at the Kecskemét plant. The team in Kecskemét has succeeded in integrating the production of the new cars into the daily processes very quickly. In addition, all the test phases required before series production were completed in record time, in less than a year. The first electric model is being produced on the already existing production lines. In the context of the production of the all-electric model, the factory staff have attended various training courses. The latest generation of high-efficiency bodywork production lines has been built on a part of the hall measuring only 17,000 square metres.

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The new press plant at the Mercedes-Benz factory in Kecskemét is already under construction

The new press plant under construction – with about 23,000 square meters – will operate as part of the existing factory in Kecskemét; production is expected to start in 2022. Thanks to the technologies used in the new press plant, the processes of design, development, engineering, tool making and manufacturing become even more manageable. The special significance of the development is that in the future the compact vehicles manufactured at the Kecskemét factory will consist of an even higher proportion of components made exclusively on site.

During operation – as it is already the case with the first press plant – the company attaches great importance to sustainability: almost 100% of the waste materials generated in the future production processes are recycled.

The investment will provide employment for about 200 workers. The capacity expansion announced previous year will be realized for an amount of more than 100 million Euros, the construction is progressing according to plan; currently the earthworks for the preparation of the foundation are already in progress.

Production of a purely electric vehicle starts at Mercedes-Benz's Kecskemét plant

The EQB, manufactured at the Kecskemét plant, will be the first purely electric vehicle manufactured in Hungary and produced in series production. The production of the electric compact SUV in Kecskemét is an important milestone in the life of the Hungarian site.

The first series-produced copy of EQB is planned to roll off the Kecskemét production line in the last quarter of 2021. The first prototypes of EQB are already being manufactured at the Kecskemét plant on a special, separate production line, the so-called “Pilot Line”, so that the processes of the subsequent series production can be precisely planned and designed in the most efficient way possible. Like the other electric models of Mercedes-Benz, the EQB will be manufactured on the same production line at the Kecskemét plant as the conventional and hybrid models.

As part of the ongoing transformations in the production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars for the production and digitization of electric cars, the realization of a total investment of more than EUR 100 million is planned at the Kecskemét plant.

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The Night of Modern Factories

The Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét will be, for the very first time, participating in this year's program entitled the Night of Modern Factories. Only online, of course! As part of the program taking place on the 13rd of November 2020, the factory will allow an insight into its daily life and present, among other things, the production of the two models manufactured ecclusively in Kecskemét, the Mercedes-Benz CLA and CLA Shooting Brake.

The Mercedes-Benz factory celebrated Kecskemét City Day with the colors of the two nations

Since the beginning of production in 2012, the factory has become one of the most significant companies and one of the largest employers not only in Bács-Kiskun county and the Southern Great Plain region, but also on a national level. The Mercedes-Benz factory and the city of Kecskemét are connected by a thousand threads: whether it is jobs, infrastructure development or the expansion of the local supplier base, the Hungarian production site has undergone serious development in the recent years.

On October 2, the factory celebrated Kecskemét City Day, the joint work and results, with a fleet in special colors and cars showcasing the colors of the Hungarian and German national flags. The Patagonian-red Mercedes-AMG CLA 35, manufactured in Kecskemét, will be painted a matt red by the students of the Mercedes-Benz Academy Kecskemét in the coming weeks as part of a project work. A special peculiarity of the green car is that the model is a real curiosity in this color, a unique copy, as it is not available in series production or commercially. The car received the color within the framework of a unique factory project in the paint shop of the Kecskemét factory: at the same time, the end result representing top quality praises the joint, coordinated work of colleagues working in different fields.

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The Mercedes-Benz factory in Kecskemét has reached another milestone: the first hybrid car has rolled off the production line

Mercedes-Benz is constantly expanding its EQ Power model range with Plug-in Hybrid drive. The production of two hybrid models of the company's compact car family, the CLA 250 e Coupé and the CLA 250 e Shooting Brake, will take place also exclusively in Kecskemét. The first car is awaited by a Hungarian owner. The Mojave silver metallic CLA 250 e Coupé was driven off the production line in Kecskemét by dr. László Palkovics Minister for Innovation and Technology.

Series production of new models began three times in the previous year at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét: the new CLA Coupé was followed first by the new CLA Shooting Brake and then in the autumn by the Mercedes-AMG Performance versions. Despite the pandemic, the production is going successful this year, too. Production at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét has started gradually since 28 April. The flexible ramp-up of production allows the adaption to the current situation, while keeping the health of employees and partners is still of upmost importance for the company.

Each new production start requires complex preparations, however, in the case of the CLA 250 e Coupé and CLA 250 e Shooting Brake, this was especially true, as this time it is a series production of hybrid models, manufactured for the first time in Kecskemét. Production staff were trained for months on the special work procedures applied in the case of hybrid models and more than 2,000 employees took part in special work safety education before the production began. Another novelty, for example, is that inside the hall, in all of the areas where employees actually work on the cars, cars are operated exclusively in electric drive mode.

The readiness and flexibility of the Kecskemét team is shown by the fact that during the preparation of both the technical and occupational safety conditions for the introduction of the new hybrid models, production continued to run normally. For the first time in the history of the plant, more than a year before the start of the series production, the first prototypes could be built in Kecskemét, in a hall designed for this purpose, which is a great step forward in the process development activities of the factory.

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Mercedes-Benz factory awarded as “Bird-Friendly Workplace”

With measures taken to protect the habitats of birds, the Mercedes-Benz factory in Kecskemét won in 2020 the Bird-Friendly Workplace title awarded by the Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Association.

The employees of the Mercedes-Benz factory in Kecskemét are constantly greening the immediate surroundings of the factory: in the past 7 years, almost 2,300 trees and more than 93,000 bushes have been planted on the factory site. A number of animal species and many different plants live in harmony in the immediate vicinity of industrial production.

To support the environmentally conscious approach, an environmental program called “Keep it green” was launched in May 2020, of which the first stop was an unusual exhibition on the site organized on the occasion of the Birds and Trees Day. Next to an all-green Mercedes-Benz CLA information boards showed how diverse the flora and fauna in the immediate vicinity of the car factory is and what strategic steps the company is taking to protect the environment.

The company is constantly striving to use the best available technologies to it, thus minimizing the impact on the environment. Since the start of production in 2012, the car plant has made significant improvements in terms of energy efficiency, water use, CO2 emissions and the recycling rate of waste generated during production. The Mercedes-Benz plant aims to make production completely carbon-neutral by 2022.

Production resumes at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét

After a break of several weeks caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, Mercedes-Benz will gradually resume production at its Kecskemét plant from 28 April 2020. During the gradual start of production, the work will be carried out first in a one-shift and later in a two-shift work schedule.

The main goal of the factory is to maintain the health of its employees even after the resumption of production, so new hygiene and preventive measures have been introduced to protect the colleagues. Each employee of the factory received an information booklet about the new rules and information introduced. On the first working day, everyone will also be informed about the introduced measures during a compulsory education.

The company has sent washable masks to all its employees, so they can already arrive at the factory with it on the first working day. The rules for entering the factory site have changed. Employees arrive in work clothes and safety shoes and must keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters when standing in line. During the downtime, the production workstations were redesigned to take into account the minimum safety distance of 1.5 meters and the work processes themselves were adapted accordingly to this, too. On workstations where a distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained, workers must wear a mask or wear goggles or a Plexiglas mask. The cleaning service regularly disinfects and cleans the factory area.

The rest areas were transformed, the number of people staying there at one time was determined. The rules for meals and the use of dining rooms and kitchens have also been changed. In the administrative area, employees whose activities allow it are still recommended to work in home office. Meetings should, as far as possible, take place in digital form.


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Mercedes-Benz factory in Kecskemét closed another successful year

The vehicle manufacturing company remains one of the dominant players in the Hungarian economy. The automaker closed another successful year: in 2019, about 190,000 compact cars rolled off the production lines in Kecskemét, generating net revenue of about EUR 3.7 billion. This means an increase of approximately 2.7 percent compared to the revenue of nearly EUR 3.6 billion in 2018.

In 2019, the Mercedes-Benz Kecskemét plant successfully launched on three occasions the series production of new compact models following each other. In February, the first series-produced example of the new-generation CLA Coupé rolled off the production line, followed shortly in June by its sister model, the new CLA Shooting Brake. In the fall of 2019, the Kecskemét factory launched its third successful serial production in one year, when the first examples of the Mercedes-AMG Performance top models of the Kecskemét compact models simultaneously exited the production line.

The Kecskemét factory has also increased its importance in the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars. The factory is a pioneer in the application and testing of new manufacturing technologies that after a successful test period will be adopted and implemented by other sites in the production network.

Christian Wolff, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Kft. said at the press conference that neither the production and financial results of 2019 nor the almost complete renewal of the model range would have been possible without the dedicated, motivated and competent team of the factory.


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