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THE FIRST MERCEDES-BENZ A-CLASS MADE IN HUNGARY IS COMPLETE

A few weeks after production began in the Rastatt plant the Mercedes-Benz Plant in Kecskemét also launched the production of the new A-Class. This is the first factory outside Germany where the production of this innovative vehicle was started. With the new model in addition to the CLA and CLA Shooting Brake the plant in Hungary proudly continues to have a very attractive production profile.

For the production of the new compact car generation a new body shop equipped with state-of-the-art technology on a ground surface of 99,000 square meter was built on the site of the plant in Kecskemét. With the implementation several new developments were carried out in the existing plant as well, for instance, new robots were put in operation in the paint shop. Thanks to the new investments the production of the new generation of compact cars will be even more flexible and effective. The Hungarian plant is the second worldwide production facility where the new compact model is manufactured, which contributes to a strengthening role of Kecskemét within the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars.

ANOTHER RECORD YEAR AT THE MERCEDES-BENZ PLANT IN HUNGARY

Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Ltd. and Mercedes-Benz Hungary Ltd. held a joint press conference on May 14th, 2018 at the Várkert Bazár in Budapest, where the business results of the year 2017 were presented as well. Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Ltd. managing director Mr. Christian Wolff and finance director Mr. Josip Niksic told the press that the Kecskemét plant’s production volume significantly exceeded 190,000 cars in the 2017 business year. The company achieved a net income of over 3,5 billion EUR. They also informed the press of that in 2017 preparations for the second plant in Kecskemét began, where the first cars will roll off the line at the end of the decade and they also spoke of the new training center of Mercedes-Benz, which will begin its operation in September, 2018.

Mercedes-Benz Hungary Ltd. managing director Mr. Jörg Schmidt said that the company Mercedes-Benz Hungary Ltd. also had a remarkably successful year in 2017: with its nearly 101 billion HUF turnover they achieved a 26% increase compared to the year 2016. After the year 2017 Mercedes-Benz continues to be a market-leading brand in Hungary in the first quarter of 2018 in the premium passenger car segment. At the press conference managers of the companies gave over the first new A-Class made in Kecskemét to Mrs. Éva Szabóné Kis, representative of the Foundation for Families in Kecskemét.

The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class will also be produced in Kecskemét

It was announced in Amsterdam on February 2nd 2018 that the production of the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class would be launched in Kecskemét this spring. The new generation model was introduced by Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Division Dr. Dieter Zetsche. The new compact class model is equipped with the most modern technologies.
The production of the new Mercedes-Benz compact car will be launched in five production facilities on three continents in the year 2018. These locations are the plants in Rastatt, China, Finland, Mexico and, from this spring on, in Hungary as well. At the show in Amsterdam introducing the new model the plant in Kecskemét was said to be of special significance.
The plant that was opened in March, 2012 in Kecskemét is the first Mercedes-Benz passenger car manufacturing plant in Europe outside Germany. The 500,000th car produced at the plant rolled off the assembly line in February, 2016. In addition to the B-Class the plant manufactures the CLA and CLA Shooting Brake models, which are produced exclusively in Kecskemét and ship to all the countries worldwide. From the year 2018 on the new A-Class will join the production palette of the plant in Hungary. The new A-Class, which has a sporty appearance, will be available from March, and it will enter the market this spring in Europe, including Hungary.

Give the Gift of a Smile! - collecting presents for children in need

The Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét organized the Christmas present collecting campaign for the third time. In the framework of the charity program “Give the Gift of a Smile!” colleagues at the plant collected presents for families in need since the beginning of November. As many as 200 boxes were filled with presents this year and they get delivered to children in families in need by the Family and Child Wellbeing Center in Kecskemét and the KAPOCS Institute for Social and Child Protection in Kiskunfélegyháza. Managing director Mr. Christian Wolff and leading managers of the plant handed the gifts over in person at the ceremonious party. In front of the gates of the plant, a Christmas installation – symbolizing a pine tree – of a height of 11 meters and a diameter of 5.6 meters were built from firewood, which the company offered for local families in need. Mercedes-Benz delivers the 20 tons of firewood to the families with the cooperation and help of the Family and Child Wellbeing Center in Kecskemét, the City Social Public Foundation and the Kunszállás Foundation for Children.

A donation tree built from firewood at the Mercedes-Benz plant

"The special Christmas tree that the Mercedes-Benz plant had ordered from Hello Wood was dressed in beautiful lights as it stood on the pathway leading up to the plant. The festive installation, built from 20 tons of firewood, with its height of 11 meters and a diameter of 5,6 meters is a captivating play of lights from the outside and all quiet coziness inside.
The donation tree made from firewood will make a very good use for local families: the plant will make sure the wood gets delivered to families in need before the holiday, so they can spend the most beautiful evening of the winter in nice warmth. Managing director Mr. Christian Wolff and the management team presented employees and guests coming to the plant on the 6th of December with chocolate Santa Claus figures, a total of 6,500 chocolate Santa Clauses were distributed at the plant that day."

Growing a mustache for prevention

The Mercedes-Benz plant organized a month in the spirit of health: colleagues of the company – male and female – participated in various screening tests, free of charge, on a medical bus on the site of the plant for the purpose of prevention of certain illnesses that are widespread in the population of Hungary. Like in the previous years, doctors in the medical bus carried out urology and lung tests and also screening for prostate, cervical, ovary, intestine and skin cancer. 824 employees took part in the screening examinations. A number of the male employees’ community joined the “Save the Man” Movement (=No-Shave November) and grew mustaches, calling awareness for the importance of prostate cancer prevention. Female workers wore badges with a mustache. The Save the Man Movement gave the title “Institute Supporting Men Health” to the car manufacturing factory. The owner of the nicest mustache was Attila Gál, who has the rank of “Mustache King” for a year. The company offered a HUF 1,5 million donation for the Save the Man Movement for further prevention campaign in the future.

Foremen of the Mercedes-Benz plant received their diplomas

The first graduate students of the industrial foremen training program, which is unique in Hungary, received their diplomas in Kecskemét. The gap-filling program is special because it created a training category that did not exist before in Hungary. The training organized together with the German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry – as a closure of the first cycle – ended with fifteen experts of the Mercedes-Benz plant passing their exams and receiving their German-Hungarian diplomas that certify their qualification. In the course of the five-year training project, a total of 180 experts from various factory parts of the Mercedes-Benz plant can take part in training in several groups each year. This program contributes to highly educated and prepared foremen working in every area of production, and allows them to be able to do faster and more effective problem-solving. With the help of the training, participants receive theoretic knowledge that they can use in practice very well and help them in their everyday work, but the experience gained in the course helps them expand their manager’s skills as well to a great extent.

Tree-planting on the factory site

On the road to the factory employees planted 900 trees in the spirit of environmental protection and the love of nature. Each tree represents a child born in the workers’ families over the past five years since the plant began its operation. Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Kft. launched a number of initiatives aiming at important social causes in the past five years, carried out in the “green” spirit. The “Green Factory Program” of the company trees and bushes were planted on several occasions already. When building the factory, more than 3,000 maple and ash trees were planted on the site. At the end of the year, 2015 more than 1,500 thuyas began a new life on the northern logistics area of the assembly and at the kindergarten. In the year 2016 600 special Chinese emperor’s trees were planted all along the test route. These trees are special because they grow very fast and they can set the floating dust and carbon-dioxide emitted by cars.

The Mercedes-Benz plant builds an educational center

The construction of an 800 square meter educational center was commenced in Kecskemét, primarily for the high school and academic students taking part in the dual training program. Minister for National Economy Mr. Mihály Varga and Mayoress of Kecskemét, Mrs. Klaudia Pataki Szemereyné attended the ceremonious laying of the foundation stone. The Mercedes-Benz Academy Kecskemét will provide dual training student with educational spaces and the most modern teaching instruments after September 2018. 176 high school students began their studies in trade dual training and 40 college students at a higher educational level in September.

Ice-cream Day in the heat

Seven thousand ice-creams were given to employees at the Mercedes-Benz plant so they can cool down a little in the sizzling summer heat. Introducing the ice-cream day was Managing Director Mr. Christian Wolff’s idea, he established the tradition earlier at the AMG factory. This is not the first act to protect against the heat. Since the beginning of the summer, a bottle of mineral water is given to employees when they start their shift and shades are fixed above the designated smoking areas. The most important thing though is that a temperature-controlling system was installed in the assembly this summer, so workers on the production line no longer have to suffer from the heat.