Production at the brand new Mercedes-Benz Brazil plant in Iracemápolis has commenced today, taking the German luxury automaker’s factory count to 26 across the globe. The new Brazilian plant will help the brand strengthen its local operations by arriving at more competitive price tags.
The first car to be rolled out of the assembly lines is a black Mercedes C Class. The facility will start producing GLA compact crossover starting from the summer.
A majority of Mercedes-Benz Brazil’s plant workers were sent to the company’s Indian plant in Chakan near Pune for training and production process familiarization. The Indian employees provided their Brazilian colleagues customized programs which emphasized on Product Quality, Production Processes and Production Systems with a clear focus on shop floor Leadership and Ownership, without losing sight on the safety aspects.
The Brazilian factory which was built in a record time of 19 months involves an investment of BRL 600 million and has an annual production capacity of 20,000 units per annum as of now (same as the Chakan facility). Each and every machine at the new facility is integrated into Mercedes-Benz global assembly network and hence can be monitored centrally.
The company says that level of automation is comparatively less than that of other traditional MB plants in order to achieve high flexibility and top quality production. The Iracemapolis plant generated 600 direct employment and more indirect employment through the vendors.