Mercedes-Benz has announced a 1 billion euro investment plan for the company’s Rastatt plant and the creation of the next-generation range of Mercedes-Benz’s compact cars.
The investments will be rolled out between now and 2020 with a key focus on technological development at the plant as well as the expansion of production. Additionally, the investments will help to ensure stable employment for the workers at the Rastatt plant while ensuring its competitiveness against factories from rival marques.
2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Furthermore, the investment will see the implementation of new flexible working time arrangements and help create 250 brand new permanent jobs.
Discussing the investments, Mercedes-Benz board member Markus Schafer said “With our transformation plan for the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant we have laid the foundation for the successful production of the next generation of our compact cars. We will achieve significant gains in flexibility and efficiency. At the same time, we will strengthen the role of the location as the lead plant for compact cars within our global production network.”
Chairman of the Works Council of the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant, Ullrich Zinnert added to this by saying “With the significant investments, the permanent hires, and the conservation of our previous number of vocational training positions, the Rastatt location has been placed on a secured foundation for the future. We are glad, that we were able to push and agree upon these items. This is a very positive signal for the workforce. One particularly important issue for us are the investments to improve ergonomics and address the demographic change.”