Mercedes Output in Hungary Growing Stronger
- New Europe Investor
- March 31, 2015
German car manufacturer, Daimler is to significantly increase its output at its Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemet, Hungary this year.
The factory rolled out 150,000 cars in three different models in 2014.
This is an increase from 41,000 in 2012, and 109,000 in 2013. The plant, which opened in 2012, has produced over 300,000 cars since this date.
The rising demand has come largely thanks to increasing sales in the United States and in China. China in particular has a huge appetite for the luxury German car.
Accurate estimated figures for production in 2015 are as yet, not known. However, the factory cannot produce enough cars according to the head of the plant, Thomas Geier. It has been stated that a ‘third shift’ has been introduced at the factory to meet demand.
He is also looking at efficiency measures in the plant and in the supply chain in order to increase the rate of production.
Geier was quoted on the Portfolio.hu as saying, “Our goal for next year is to involve as many suppliers as possible in the manufacturing process of the new, second-generation front-wheel-drive cars, so it is possible that we will have suppliers settled down in the immediate vicinity of the plant”.