Set to start producing electric batteries in Jawor, Poland, Mercedes- Benz, which is owned by Daimler AG is investing 200 million euros ($227.1 million) adding 300 jobs in Poland.
According to Markus Schäfer, a member of the divisional board of management of Mercedes-Benz Cars:
“We will electrify our complete portfolio by 2022 and will be able to offer various electrified alternatives to our customers in each segment. This includes more than ten pure electric vehicles. We will produce batteries on our own, something we consider a significant success factor in the era of electric mobility. After the production of high-tech engines, we will establish additional future technology in Poland. The battery factory in Jawor is the second largest investment at this new Mercedes-Benz site.”
As Jawor is only 100 km from the German border, it is considered as an ideal location. Additionally, a state-of-the-art engine factory is currently being built on the site that will produce four-cylinder engines for hybrid and conventionally-driven vehicles and will create over 1000 jobs.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki had to say the following about the new investment:
“The decision of Mercedes-Benz Cars to start the production of electric batteries for a new type of vehicle in Jawor shows that companies which have started operations in our country positively assess the investment climate and want to continue to grow here. We are witnessing the 4.0 industrial revolution in which Poland plays a leading role”
One of the first and biggest industrial companies in Poland to have concluded contracts with local green electricity and heat suppliers, Mercedes- Benz is planning on setting the production date in 2019. The new factory is set to be CO2 neutral energy.
Frank Deiß, head of production powertrain at Mercedes-Benz Cars added the following:
“The engine plant and the new battery factory in Jawor are important parts of our global powertrain production network. With nine factories in our global battery production network we are very well positioned. It became apparent that building an engine factory in Jawor has been a good decision. This success story will be continued with the battery factory. We are looking forward to strengthening the collaboration with the region and our Polish colleagues.”
Poland has seen quite a sizable investment over the last 18 months with investments from Toyota form building a new hybrid car plant and South Korean LG opening up an electric battery plant in 2018.
About Mercedes- Benz
Headquartered in Germany, Mercedes- Benz AG manufactures and distributes automobile and offers passenger cars, buses, vans, coaches, trucks, sport utility vehicles as well as all the relevant spare parts and accessories.
The first Mercedes-Benz brand name vehicles were produced in 1926, following the merger of Karl Benz’s and Gottlieb Daimler’s companies into the Daimler-Benz company. But traces its origins to Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft’s 1901 Mercedes and to Karl Benz’s 1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen, which is widely regarded as the first gasoline-powered automobile.
Daimler AG is a German multinational automotive corporation. It is headquartered in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. As of 2014, Daimler owns or has shares in a number of car, bus, truck and motorcycle brands including Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG, Smart Automobile, Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas Built Buses, Setra, BharatBenz, Mitsubishi Fuso, MV Agusta as well as shares in Denza, KAMAZ, Beijing Automotive Group.
In 2015 Daimler sold 2.9 million vehicles and made profit of €8.711bn($9.24bn). By unit sales, Daimler is the thirteenth-largest car manufacturer and second-largest truck manufacturer in the world. In addition to automobiles, Daimler manufactures buses and provides financial services through its Daimler Financial Services arm.