News of October 23, 2002
Mercedes-AMG GmbH Continues on Its Road to Success with New Models and an Expanded Plant
Stuttgart - Mercedes-AMG GmbH continues on the road to success that began 35 years ago in Burgstall near Stuttgart by introducing two new performance vehicles - the E 55 AMG and the C 30 CDI AMG - as well as the AMG versions of the updated S- and CL-Classes. "The current model lineup puts us in an excellent position worldwide to meet our customers' expectations with regard to Mercedes-Benz brand AMG performance vehicles," says Prof. Jürgen Hubbert, DaimlerChrysler Board of Management member responsible for Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars & smart. "By expanding the Affalterbach location, we will continue to be able to meet the increasing worldwide demand for AMG vehicles."
Engine assembly according to the production philosophy of "one man, one engine"
The main part of the plant expansion is the new engine assembly area, where high-performance AMG drive systems are manufactured according to the production philosophy of "one man, one engine." Each engine is assembled by a single technician, who indicates his or her responsibility for the drive unit by adding his or her signature to the completed engine. The plant manufactures both gasoline and CDI diesel engines and currently has the capacity to produce between 80 and 100 engines a day in one shift. "Engine assembly at the plant is very flexible, allowing us to adjust to changing market requirements at any time," explains Ulrich Bruhnke, Chairman of the Managing Board of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. As part of the expansion measures, the plant also received a new, impressive showroom, whose architecturally appealing steel and glass design now makes it possible to present the AMG vehicles in an appropriate manner. In addition, two new development buildings are being constructed next to the showroom. The plant expansion, which thus far has cost around EUR 20 million, will more than double the useful area from 18,500 to almost 40,000 sq. meters after all construction measures are completed.
(Oct 17, 2002)