November 15, 2012
Daimler project progressing on schedule
The project to launch the Mercedes-Benz A-Class vehicles into production at Valmet Automotive, Finland, is progressing according to plans. In Uusikaupunki a team of over 100 professionals is working in the project in close cooperation with their colleagues at Daimler. The manufacturing contract has been finalized and the project is on schedule.
The project that has so far focused on planning is now moving to the next phase. The manufacturing engineering targets have taken an explicit shape, and preparations for implementation are well advanced. Approximately 200 new robots have been ordered for the new welding line and the space for the new welding area is ready for installation of the new equipment. Adjustments are also being made in the paint process and assembly line.
More personnel will be engaged by the project towards the end of 2012 and in the beginning of 2013 for building up the systems and the production line.
"The project launch has been outstanding and the cooperation with our colleagues at Daimler is enthusiastic and open", says Risto Hukkanen, Executive Vice President, Manufacturing Services.
Daimler and Valmet Automotive announced in July 2012 that Mercedes-Benz new A-Class vehicles will be manufactured by Valmet Automotive in Finland. More than 100,000 A-Class vehicles are planned to be manufactured from 2013 to 2016.