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Mercedes upgrades factories in Kassel and Mannheim for electric transformation

Entrance to the Daimler headquarters and main factory in Stuttgart.

Entrance to the Daimler headquarters and main factory in Stuttgart.

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  • The electric strategy of Daimler President Ola Källenius is taking shape: factories in Gaggenau, Kassel and Mannheim will produce electric drive components of the future.
  • The plant in Gaggenau is set to become the efficiency center for assembling hydrogen-based fuel cell units and electric motor components.
  • Mannheim will also focus on battery technologies and high voltage systems.

Mercedes’ electrification strategy is always concrete. The group turns plants in Gaggenau, Mannheim and Kassel into efficiency centers for electric motor components. The plant in Gagenau is also set to become a point of expertise for assembling hydrogen-based fuel cell units. The city of Mannheim will focus on battery technology and high voltage systems. These are factory assembled from Daimler Truck.

This change is the result of negotiations between the management of Daimler Truck and the Group’s General Business Council. Michael Brecht, Daimler’s Head of Personnel Representation, is satisfied with the agreement. Goods and merchandise will continue to be transported by our commercial vehicles in the future until the economy and food supply are assured. To do this, we need new, direction-setting engine technologies in our products, which are produced in our factories,” says Brecht.

In other factories, the future is uncertain

The company’s side is also pleased with the agreement that has been concluded. Yaris Pürsün, Head of Global Production of Daimler Truck Engine Components says: “Since the conventional drivetrain will also be with us for a few more years, we will focus on flexibility, cost-effectiveness and well-trained staff in the future direction of our assembly plant staff. It was essential to make this It aligns with the Labor Council in the context of our negotiations.” That worked, Burson adds.

The agreement is good news for employees in the three locations. However, on other sites that run on cars, there is uncertainty. In Untertürkheim and Berlin, for example, where the combustion engine is still running, employees and the work council are calling for clear insights for employees after the group abandoned combustion technology. Business Insider reported.

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