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Valmet Automotive begins production of new Mercedes-Benz A-Class at Finnish plant

Published 10 July 2018

Valmet Automotive has commenced the production of the new, 4. generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class at the Uusikaupunki, Finland, plant.

Previously, the new A-Class production has been started at Mercedes-Benz plants in Rastatt, Germany and Kecskemét, Hungary.

Valmet Automotive manufactured also the previous A-Class generation, which has limited the need of changes in the Uusikaupunki production facilities. Most changes are implemented in the body shop, where all manual workstations are robotized. The number of body shop robots is increased to 223 and the automation level to 95%.

In the paint shop and general assembly, the changes target at securing the capacity to the simultaneous production of the A-Class and the GLC, and at improving ergonomics, work safety and productivity. The new A-Class will employ around 500 new carbuilders at the Uusikaupunki plant in addition to the current more than 4000 employees.

Valmet Automotive SVP of manufacturing business line Pasi Rannus said: "In order to ensure a fast market launch and high number of units, we have prepared intensively for the launch of the new A-Class. We have also benefited from our experiences with the previous A-Class generation and the GLC."

Mercedes-Benz Cars Member of the divisional board for production and supply chain Markus Schäfer said: "With the ramp-up of the new A-Class in Uusikaupunki, Finland, we are successfully continuing our unrivalled ramp-up cascade. Within a very short time, our production strategy has enabled us to master the third successful ramp-up of the new A-Class."

Source: Company Press Release.