The foundation stone of the second plant, now under construction was laid at the Hungarian site of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét on 5 June 2018. CEO of Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Kft. Christian Wolff, minister of foreign affairs and trade Péter Szijjártó, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Markus Schäfer, and mayoress of Kecskemét City of County Rank Klaudia Szemere-Pataki delivered a ceremonial speech to attendants of the press conference.
Mercedes-Benz Cars is to erect the first full-flex plant of its global production network in the framework of a one billion Euro investment project applying the flexible, and green production solutions of the plant based on the Factory 56 concept. The facility enables flexible production on the same assembly line of a wide variety of architectures including compact cars, rear-wheel drive sedans, models with different drive forms including electric cars. The plant complies with the requirements of the future: the new press shop, the body-in-white shop, the paint shop, and the new flexible assembly – in line with Industry 4.0 – together create the conditions of flexible production regardless of the vehicle’s make, and drive. The company creates over 2,500 new jobs through this investment.