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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.

The Mercedes-Benz factory in Kecskemét won the Daimler environmental award

The Mercerdes-Benz plant in Kecskemét finished on the first place of the Daimler Environmental Leadership Award (ELA) on 13 February 2020 in Stuttgart. The prize was launched in 2000 and was awarded for the 12th time this year – with 146 projects submitted by 1,200 participants from 30 countries for the judges to rate. The concern's internal environmental award recognizes efforts to improve the environmental balance of its products and to optimize the production in an as environmentally friendly manner as possible.

The “#Green. #Besser. # Kecskemét” project won the "Outstanding Environmental Commitment" category. Under this slogan, the Kecskemét plant implemented a number of measures that resulted in a 30 percent reduction in energy use, a reduction of more than 30 percent in CO2 emissions, and a 97.4 percent waste recycling rate today. In the spirit of environmental and climate protection, the staff has planted 2278 trees on the factory premises and launched a new waste island concept to support optimal waste separation.

The award is not only a recognition of the efforts of colleagues directly involved in the application, but is also the appreciation of the work of all employees and the confirmation of the factory's sustainability strategy at the same time.

Professional meeting of international students at Mercedes-Benz factory in Kecskemét

Between 13 and 17 January, 36 students from the Neumann János University of Kecskemét and the Albstadt-Sigmaringen University in Baden-Württemberg participated in the first Global Student Innovation Camp 2020, held at the Mercedes-Benz Academy in Kecskemét.

The students gained insight into the life of the Mercedes-Benz factory and the company's training center. The workshops were supported by guest lecturers from the universities and the factory experts, Prof. Dr. Uwe Sachse, Prof. Dr. László Szívós, Andreas ter Woort and Simon Laubscher. The project task was to create an economically sustainable and digitally supported business model, for which the students could discover innovative methods in practice, under real business conditions such as Canvas, Scrum, Lean Startup, or Design Thinking. The purpose of the international workshop was that the students, with the help of the new methods, could test and improve their existing knowledge in an intercultural team in a real business environment.

Give a Smile!: In 2019, too, children in need received a Christmas gift package

In December 2019, the Mercedes-Benz Factory in Kecskemét organized for the fifth time a „Give a Smile!“ fundraising event, during which the employees of the factory gave different surprises to disadvantaged children. Similar to the previous years, the factory helped families in need with firewood donations.

As part of the charity campaign in 2019, the factory's colleagues collected toys, books and sweets, and 45 gift packs were handed over to the children by the company's management at a ceremony in the factory on December 12, 2019. The cooperation between the Mercedes-Benz factory and the Kecskemét Together for Families Foundation, the Kunszállás Children's Foundation and the KAPOCS Social and Child Protection Institution in Kiskunfélegyháza continued. Last year, too, these three organizations helped ensure that the remaining part of the donations reaches the children of families in need before the holiday.

Thirty new graduates from Mercedes-Benz's expanded industrial foreman training program

In December 2019, 30 employees of the Mercedes-Benz factory in Kecskemét received the German-Hungarian certification after completing the third year of training for industrial foremen organized by the company and the German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

As a result of the partnership between the company and the Chamber, a well-functioning foreman training could be brought to life. The innovation of this school year was that not only the appointed supervisors could participate in the training, but the factory also involved the supervisor candidate coworkers (participants in the Foreman Trainee Program) who are currently preparing for the supervisor duties. So far, almost 70 employees have successfully completed the training in the last period.

The certificates were handed over on 10 December 2019 by Mária Borosné Huber, Managing Director of the German-Hungarian Knowledge Center, and Uwe Oentrich, HR Director of Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Kft.

Blood donation and health month at Mercedes-Benz factory

In November 2019, the Mercedes-Benz factory in Kecskemét organized on three occasions blood donations in cooperation with the Hungarian Red Cross. Of the in total 105 blood donors many were not the first time donating blood.

In addition to blood donation, actions to support and prevent the health of colleagues are since many years part of the corporate culture and health strategy. These initiatives include the already traditional November Health Month, for which the factory this year again provided examination buses for free urology, allergy, laboratory, abdominal ultrasound, dermatology and gynecological as well as pulmonary screening, and vitamin injections and vaccinations.

The leaders of the Mercedes-Benz factory in Kecskemét visited Neumann János University

The leaders of Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Kft. visited Neumann János University on November 28, 2019 to further develop the professional scientific and research cooperation.

The leaders of the university presented the higher education institution's training portfolio and research and development projects and made proposals for broadening the framework for cooperation. As part of the visit, the university staff presented the labs and research workshops of the GAMF Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology to the Mercedes-Benz factory executives, where they discussed possibilities for collaboration on research and development and innovation. The leaders of the company and the university also visited the new campus building.

Production of high-performance AMG models started at Mercedes-Benz factory in Kecskemét

This year, for the third time a successful serial production began in Kecskemét: the first Mercedes-AMG Performance models rolled off the production line. The Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC +, the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4MATIC + Coupé and the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4MATIC + Shooting Brake got at the same time on the production line and are manufactured exclusively at the Hungarian site.

The preparations began already in 2018 at the Kecskemét plant, working closely with AMG to ensure that the AMG models, which are the first to roll off the production line, are of the usual Mercedes-Benz top quality. The company's manufacturing staff has been trained for months on the unique workflows applied to AMG models. The production and installation of the special shape of the bodywork of the models requires a great deal of professionalism, both in the press plant as well as in the body shop. And in the surface treatment plant a new, innovative paint system gives opportunity to apply additional, special colors.

The brand new sports models of Mercedes-AMG feature stunning performance, unique driving dynamics and expressive looks. The high-quality, modern design interiors with its sporty features, high equipment and the intuitive MBUX multimedia system create a close connection between man and machine.

The school year at the Mercedes-Benz Training Center started with new professions and a camp

The school year at the Mercedes-Benz Academy in Kecskemét started with a professional camp. The event in Parád was attended by 72 students, who, together with the qualified trainers of the training center, prepared every day exciting tasks. The students got to know each other, and via the different games, they saw how they could work together as members of the toolmaking, mechatronic-maintenance, automotive mechatronic, bodywork, vehicle bodywork, and coating team.

This fall, 264 pupils and 89 students started the school year at the Mercedes-Benz Academy Kecskemét training center. In addition to the five basic professions, new vocational trainings started in September, such as the automation technician and mechatronic technician training, as well as a 1-year CNC machine operator training.

The Mercedes-Benz Kecskemét factory has been running dual training since 2011, which completes theoretical knowledge with professional practical skills. The company cooperates in the program with the Kandó Kálmán Vocational and Secondary School in Kecskemét, the Gáspár András Vocational and Secondary School, the Déri Miksa Vocational and Secondary School in Szeged, and the Neumann János University.

Mercedes-Benz has started the production of the new CLA Shooting Brake in Kecskemét

In a short time, Mercedes-Benz Cars started manufacturing already the second compact model of the new generation in Kecskemét. Like its sibling model, the CLA Coupé, the new CLA Shooting Brake is also manufactured at the Hungarian site only for the entire world market. The new model is sporty and practical: its second generation offers even more space for shopping or the transport of sports equipment. Just like the CLA Coupé, the combi model also focuses primarily on the younger customer base. The new model features the latest version of the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) multimedia system. The new CLA Shooting Brake is equipped with the latest safety assistance systems: thanks to features from the S-Class, it stands out from the segment in terms of active safety.

The new CLA Shooting Brake will be available from September 2019.