Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth sets course for future series production of battery-electric and fuel-cell trucks
Posted: 22-Jul-2021 |
Sustainable, highly flexible and ideally positioned for the future of transport. The Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth is becoming the center for emission-free transport within the Mercedes-Benz truck production network. Management and works councils have agreed on a corresponding target picture for the site. Both parties agreed on key points for the future development and safeguarding of the future of Mercedes-Benz Trucks' largest location. Among other things, this includes the decision to locate the production of further trucks with CO2-neutral drive systems at the Wörth location. In addition to the Mercedes-Benz eActros, which will already go into series production there in October 2021, the production of further Mercedes-Benz zero-emission trucks, such as the eEconic and eActros LongHaul, is also planned for Wörth in the future. Accordingly, Daimler Truck will continue to invest substantially in the location in the coming years - a clear commitment to Germany as a business location and to the Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth.
"Today we are laying the foundation for the future of the Mercedes-Benz truck production. The technology shift in our industry towards locally emission-free trucks also implies an immense transition for our locations and production. With the new target picture for the Wörth plant, we are securing the competitiveness and thus the long-term future of the location: In the future, we want to greatly expand the series production of our electric trucks here and are already creating the conditions for this," says Sven Gräble, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks Operations, responsible for the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Thomas Zwick, Chairman of the Works Council Mercedes-Benz Wörth plant: "After intensive negotiations with the management, we agreed on a strong and viable vision for the future of our plant. We have thus succeeded in securing employment and complying with existing collective agreements. I am proud that the works council has received a commitment to produce the new models in Wörth. We have thus secured the long-term future of the site and can confidently shape the transformation together with the employees. The new products offer many career opportunities and development possibilities."
The vision for the future of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth is determined in a works agreement with a term until the end of 2029. The details for implementation will be further elaborated between management and works council in the coming months. Substantial funds will be required for the upcoming transformation of the site, including the conversion of production. The company will continue to invest in the site for this purpose in the coming years; however, the transformation also requires support from the public sector. Accordingly, Daimler Truck AG has submitted an application to the German government as part of the funding for hydrogen and fuel-cell technologies, which also includes the conversion at the Wörth plant. The state government of Rhineland-Palatinate has already signalled its support in the last government declaration.
The decision about the location for trucks with alternative drive systems forms an important pillar of the plant's new strategic orientation. Sven Gräble: "Though, we are going even further: Wörth is becoming the hub for the transport of the future in the Mercedes-Benz truck production network. We are bundling our technological know-how with fully flexible and thus even more efficient production, and all of this in a CO2-neutral, digitalized factory with corresponding logistics and infrastructure."
At the German Powertrain sites, the Mercedes-Benz plants in Gaggenau, Mannheim and Kassel, management and works council are also currently engaged in intensive talks on the future orientation of the sites. The talks are already at an advanced stage and an agreement is to be reached as soon as possible.