Opening of Mercedes-Benz Cars passenger car plant in Russia

Mercedes-Benz Cars is starting production for the local market in the new passenger car plant Moscovia with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan. SUV models will follow the E-Class. Mercedes-Benz Cars is investing more than 250 million euros in the plant in the Moscow region. Over 1,000 employees will work in production and administration.

The Mercedes-Benz plant Moscovia is another component of our strategy of producing where our customers are. And both partners benefit from this: Russia and Mercedes-Benz.

In 2017 Mercedes-Benz Cars laid the foundation stone for the new plant, which has been constructed over a period of less than two years, in the Moscow region. It is located around 40 kilometres northwest of the Russian capital Moscow in the Esipovo industrial estate across an area of 85 hectares. The production company Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing RUS (MBMR) has responsibility for the new passenger car production in Russia and was created specifically for this purpose. The plant is part of the global production network with more than 30 locations worldwide.

Economic engine for the Moscow region

With the start of a local Mercedes-Benz passenger car production Daimler is following up on its previous activities in Russia. The new capacities aim to serve the high demand for Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedans and SUVs, which is especially high in Russia. The plant will therefore in addition to the E-Class also produce SUV models. This means that the bestselling Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Russia will be manufactured directly locally in future. Since 2013 Mercedes-Benz has been the premium automotive brand with most new registrations in Russia. In the past ten years the company more than doubled its passenger car sales in Russia.

Production: highly flexible, networked and environmentally friendly

Production at the Mercedes-Benz Moscovia plant is characterized by the most modern and innovative Industry 4.0 technologies. Driverless transportation systems convey the bodies between the subsections. Automated shopping cart systems are also used in assembly. Additionally, there are forward-looking solutions for improving ergonomics and efficiency, such as human-robot cooperation when installing the windscreen without a protective fence.

Numerous environmentally friendly and resource-saving solutions such as paperless documentation, emission-free electric forklifts, heat recovery in the buildings and the use of water-soluble products in painting ensure sustainable and green production. The "One-Roof Concept" pools all the work steps in one location. It facilitates short paths and fast, direct communication. This philosophy is also reflected in the architecture: glass walls serve as a connecting feature and create the space between the workplaces in administration and production transparent.

Around half of the more than 1,000 planned employees have already started to work. The recruiting and training measures for the remaining open jobs in production are on their way and will be completed shortly. The staff are predominantly from the local region and were trained in a targeted manner at existing Mercedes-Benz plants all over the world and in cooperation with the local vocational colleges.

At the opening Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, Peter Altmaier, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Industry and Trade Minister of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov, Andrej Vorobjov, Governor of the Moscow region, as well as Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain, Jan Madeja, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz RUS AO and Axel Bense CEO Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing RUS, participated.