The 100,000th Mercedes-Benz GLC rolled off the production line today at Valmet Automotive’s Uusikaupunki, Finland plant. The GLC has achieved the six digit volume faster than any other model manufactured by Valmet Automotive, with the production start in February 2017. The Mercedes-Benz Bremen plant in Germany is the main production site for the worldwide production of the GLC.
The GLC project has been the most challenging in Valmet Automotive’s history. It included engineering and constructing a body shop with more than 300 robots, investments of nearly 100 million euros, complete renewal of the production management system and recruitments of over 2,000 people in 2016 and 2017.
To meet the high demand for the GLC, Valmet Automotive targeted at the fastest possible production start. The manufacturing contract was signed in November 2015, and the series production started in February 2017. The GLC volumes were constantly ramped up and in 2017, Valmet Automotive produced a record number of cars – 90,000 GLC and A-Class vehicles.
– After less than 18 months of production, it is already clear that the Mercedes-Benz GLC is one of the most important models in the history of Valmet Automotive. I am eager to see how high the GLC volume will rise in the forthcoming years in Finland, says Mr. Pasi Rannus, SVP Manufacturing business line, Valmet Automotive.
– We are pleased that the Daimler cooperation has made Valmet Automotive the icon of the recent Finnish economic upswing and their Uusikaupunki plant the largest production facility in Finland. We notice every day how the value of the Mercedes-Benz grows to all Finnish car buyers, says Mr. Kenneth Strömsholm, CEO, Veho Oy Ab.
– We congratulate our partner Valmet Automotive for producing the 100,000th GLC at Uusikaupunki. Working with professional cooperation partners is an important strategic pillar in our flexible and efficient production network, says Mr. Andreas Kellermann, Head of Production S-, E- and C-Class, Mercedes-Benz Cars.
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Valmet Automotive is an experienced provider of automotive engineering, vehicle manufacturing, battery systems and convertible roof systems. Our special areas of expertise are premium cars, electric vehicles and convertibles. We employ 6,000 professionals in Finland, Germany, Poland and Spain.