Mercedes Benz inaugarates worlds first dedicated fuel cell facility in Canada

Mercedes Benz has successfully launched a new facility for the development of fuel cell. This facility is fully automated and is specially dedicated to production and technology development of fuel cell stacks. It is housed in a 3,300 sq ft building located in Burnaby, British Columbia. The facility will represent the growth and expansion of Mercedes Benz along with Daimler and the part they will play in commercialization of Fuel Cell Technology.

Research and development at this new facility is already underway and the first automated fuel cell stack was produced on June 7, 2012. While last minute details are yet to be completed full series production will begin in due course. The Fuel Cell facility at Burnaby is ideally located so as to be in close proximity to Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation and industrial fuel cell cluster located in Vancouver.

There are other related companies and activities in the field of fuel cell technology and a number of universities and institutes abound in the area thus creating a conducive environment for development and further progress. This fuel cell facility will also offer job opportunities to residents of British Columbia while at the same time bringing forth development to the field of cleaner and a greener source of automobile fuel energy.

Mercedes Benz Canada has their headquarters in Ontario and offers employment to over 1300 persons across Canada. During the past year, Mercedes Benz Canada sold 32,914 units thus making it their best year yet. Read the press release below for complete information.

Description of 1st photograph – Mercedes-Benz Canada today celebrated the completion and official grand opening of the world’s first automated automotive facility dedicated to the production and production technology development of fuel cell stacks. (CNW GroupMercedes-Benz Canada Inc.)

Description for 2nd photograph – Mercedes-Benz Canada today officially opened the world’s first facility dedicated to the production and technology development of fuel cell stacks in Burnaby, B.C. (From left to right) Klaus A. Berger, Vice President, Mercedes-Benz Canada Fuel Cell Division, Dr. Dieter Steegmuller, Production and Materials and Operations Head of Fuel Cell, Daimler, Prof. Dr. Herbert Kohler, Vice President Group Research & Sustainability; Chief Environment Officer, Daimler, Tim A. Reuss, President and CEO, Mercedes-Benz Canada, Pat Bell, B.C. Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, John W. Sheridan, President and CEO, Ballard Power Systems, Dr. Ian Potter, Vice President Engineering, National.

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Mercedes-Benz opens the world’s first facility dedicated to the production and technology development of fuel cell stacks

TORONTO, ON – Mercedes-Benz Canada today celebrated the completion and official grand opening of the world’s first automated automotive facility dedicated to the production and production technology development of fuel cell stacks. The 3,300 square metre building, located in Burnaby, B.C, represents  a major development  on the road to a more sustainable future, and further solidifies the leading role that Mercedes-Benz, and its parent company Daimler, will play in the commercialization of fuel cell technology.

The graduated testing and commissioning phase at the state-of-the-art facility is already well underway, and the first automated fuel cell stack was produced on June 7, 2012. Following the optimization of processes, it is expected that full-series production will commence shortly. In addition, another important parallel mandate of the new location will be continued research that is focused on the development of future generations of fuel cell stacks.

The strategic decision to locate the manufacturing plant in Burnaby, BC, was announced last year to ensure close proximity to the fuel cell stack development at Automotive  Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC) and the industrial fuel cell cluster located in the Greater Vancouver Area. This concentration has developed due to the numerous related companies and the significant  activities in the field of fuel cell technology at the various institutes and universities,  creating a very positive technological environment and the required infrastructure necessary for the further development of fuel cell stacks.

“We are delighted that Mercedes-Benz has chosen British Columbia as its new home for fuel cell production. Their investment means jobs for B.C. families and potential for growth in our fuel cell development sector,” said Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation. “Fuel cells will one day power cars around the world, and B.C.’s world-class innovators are going to work with Mercedes-Benz to achieve that vision.”

Daimler has been a worldwide pioneer in the field of fuel cells from the very beginning. Most recently in 2011, the company demonstrated the suitability of fuel cell technology with the F-CELL World  drive – a four-month, 30,000 kilometre journey that circumnavigated the globe and confirmed the high technical maturity of fuel cell technology.

“A steadfast commitment to innovation has guided our brand since we first invented the automobile, and today we are extremely proud to mark a significant  milestone that will help us continue to reinvent the automobile,” said Tim A. Reuss, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada. “Fuel cell technology represents a viable transportation solution for the future that will provide our customers a zero-local emission vehicle that does not require any compromise. The fuel cell was developed right here in British Columbia, and a forward-thinking approach combined with supportive governments have helped establish an ideal environment for its continued development. Our new facility brings together the development with the manufacturing for the first time, and represents a major step towards the commercialization of this game-changing technology.”

About Mercedes-Benz Canada

Mercedes-Benz Canada is responsible for the sales, marketing  and service of the four brands within the Mercedes-Benz Group in Canada: Mercedes-Benz, smart, AMG, and Maybach. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc. employs approximately  1,300 people in 19 locations across Canada. Through a nationwide network of 13 Mercedes-Benz owned retail operations and 40 authorized dealerships, Mercedes-Benz Canada sold 32,914 vehicles in 2011, the best year ever reported for Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.