Just a couple of days ago, Mercedes-Benz celebrated a major milestone event – the production of its 50 millionth vehicle. Yes, you read that right – a total of 50 million vehicles of the Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands have been produced over the past 75 years.
The 50 millionth vehicle is the first new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class which rolled off the production line at the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant. The luxury sedan will, along with the S-Class Sedan and the long version, and in the future also with the EQS, be produced in Factory 56.
For those who didn’t know, Factory 56 is a high-tech production facility in the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant that opened in September 2020, which also happens to be Mercedes-Benz’ most modern automobile production facility.
“Mercedes-Benz has always been synonymous with luxury. That’s why I’m very proud of this very special production anniversary: Fifty million vehicles produced is a significant milestone in the history of our company, and an exceptional achievement by the team.”
“I would like to thank the colleagues in the plants around the world for their work and their commitment. Their expertise and passion in the production of our stars make the wishes of customers all over the world come true day after day,” said Jörg Burzer, member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG, Production and Supply Chain.
Thanks to Mercedes-Benz’ MO360 digital ecosystem, all of the brand’s plants are networked with one another, and the digitally supported close cooperation between the employees in the different plants is an essential part of this.
Thanks to structures and processes with maximum flexibility, the global production network is optimally organized. The ability to breath, and to transfer production capacity between the individual plants as required by market demands is a decisive advantage.
Vehicles with different drive types already roll off the same production line. During this the production methods and processes are continually being further developed and digitalized. As a result, we can achieve synergies, lower cost, not least boost the efficiency and the productivity within the production network.
At the moment, the global production network is focusing on the implementation of the electric mobility offensive, and by 2022, a total of six new Mercedes-EQ models will have been integrated in running series production operations.
As a result, Mercedes-Benz’ global production network is contributing decisively to the company`s ambitious sustainability targets. The batteries for the Mercedes-EQ electric vehicles are supplied by a global battery production network with plants on three continents.
Local battery production is also a key success factor for the Mercedes-Benz electric offensive. In addition, from 2022 production at all of the own plants of Mercedes-Benz AG worldwide will be CO2-neutral.