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The Mercedes-Benz factory celebrated Kecskemét City Day with the colors of the two nations

Since the beginning of production in 2012, the factory has become one of the most significant companies and one of the largest employers not only in Bács-Kiskun county and the Southern Great Plain region, but also on a national level. The Mercedes-Benz factory and the city of Kecskemét are connected by a thousand threads: whether it is jobs, infrastructure development or the expansion of the local supplier base, the Hungarian production site has undergone serious development in the recent years.

On October 2, the factory celebrated Kecskemét City Day, the joint work and results, with a fleet in special colors and cars showcasing the colors of the Hungarian and German national flags. The Patagonian-red Mercedes-AMG CLA 35, manufactured in Kecskemét, will be painted a matt red by the students of the Mercedes-Benz Academy Kecskemét in the coming weeks as part of a project work. A special peculiarity of the green car is that the model is a real curiosity in this color, a unique copy, as it is not available in series production or commercially. The car received the color within the framework of a unique factory project in the paint shop of the Kecskemét factory: at the same time, the end result representing top quality praises the joint, coordinated work of colleagues working in different fields.

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The Mercedes-Benz factory in Kecskemét has reached another milestone: the first hybrid car has rolled off the production line

Mercedes-Benz is constantly expanding its EQ Power model range with Plug-in Hybrid drive. The production of two hybrid models of the company's compact car family, the CLA 250 e Coupé and the CLA 250 e Shooting Brake, will take place also exclusively in Kecskemét. The first car is awaited by a Hungarian owner. The Mojave silver metallic CLA 250 e Coupé was driven off the production line in Kecskemét by dr. László Palkovics Minister for Innovation and Technology.

Series production of new models began three times in the previous year at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét: the new CLA Coupé was followed first by the new CLA Shooting Brake and then in the autumn by the Mercedes-AMG Performance versions. Despite the pandemic, the production is going successful this year, too. Production at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét has started gradually since 28 April. The flexible ramp-up of production allows the adaption to the current situation, while keeping the health of employees and partners is still of upmost importance for the company.

Each new production start requires complex preparations, however, in the case of the CLA 250 e Coupé and CLA 250 e Shooting Brake, this was especially true, as this time it is a series production of hybrid models, manufactured for the first time in Kecskemét. Production staff were trained for months on the special work procedures applied in the case of hybrid models and more than 2,000 employees took part in special work safety education before the production began. Another novelty, for example, is that inside the hall, in all of the areas where employees actually work on the cars, cars are operated exclusively in electric drive mode.

The readiness and flexibility of the Kecskemét team is shown by the fact that during the preparation of both the technical and occupational safety conditions for the introduction of the new hybrid models, production continued to run normally. For the first time in the history of the plant, more than a year before the start of the series production, the first prototypes could be built in Kecskemét, in a hall designed for this purpose, which is a great step forward in the process development activities of the factory.

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Mercedes-Benz factory awarded as “Bird-Friendly Workplace”

With measures taken to protect the habitats of birds, the Mercedes-Benz factory in Kecskemét won in 2020 the Bird-Friendly Workplace title awarded by the Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Association.

The employees of the Mercedes-Benz factory in Kecskemét are constantly greening the immediate surroundings of the factory: in the past 7 years, almost 2,300 trees and more than 93,000 bushes have been planted on the factory site. A number of animal species and many different plants live in harmony in the immediate vicinity of industrial production.

To support the environmentally conscious approach, an environmental program called “Keep it green” was launched in May 2020, of which the first stop was an unusual exhibition on the site organized on the occasion of the Birds and Trees Day. Next to an all-green Mercedes-Benz CLA information boards showed how diverse the flora and fauna in the immediate vicinity of the car factory is and what strategic steps the company is taking to protect the environment.

The company is constantly striving to use the best available technologies to it, thus minimizing the impact on the environment. Since the start of production in 2012, the car plant has made significant improvements in terms of energy efficiency, water use, CO2 emissions and the recycling rate of waste generated during production. The Mercedes-Benz plant aims to make production completely carbon-neutral by 2022.

Production resumes at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét

After a break of several weeks caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, Mercedes-Benz will gradually resume production at its Kecskemét plant from 28 April 2020. During the gradual start of production, the work will be carried out first in a one-shift and later in a two-shift work schedule.

The main goal of the factory is to maintain the health of its employees even after the resumption of production, so new hygiene and preventive measures have been introduced to protect the colleagues. Each employee of the factory received an information booklet about the new rules and information introduced. On the first working day, everyone will also be informed about the introduced measures during a compulsory education.

The company has sent washable masks to all its employees, so they can already arrive at the factory with it on the first working day. The rules for entering the factory site have changed. Employees arrive in work clothes and safety shoes and must keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters when standing in line. During the downtime, the production workstations were redesigned to take into account the minimum safety distance of 1.5 meters and the work processes themselves were adapted accordingly to this, too. On workstations where a distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained, workers must wear a mask or wear goggles or a Plexiglas mask. The cleaning service regularly disinfects and cleans the factory area.

The rest areas were transformed, the number of people staying there at one time was determined. The rules for meals and the use of dining rooms and kitchens have also been changed. In the administrative area, employees whose activities allow it are still recommended to work in home office. Meetings should, as far as possible, take place in digital form.


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Mercedes-Benz factory in Kecskemét closed another successful year

The vehicle manufacturing company remains one of the dominant players in the Hungarian economy. The automaker closed another successful year: in 2019, about 190,000 compact cars rolled off the production lines in Kecskemét, generating net revenue of about EUR 3.7 billion. This means an increase of approximately 2.7 percent compared to the revenue of nearly EUR 3.6 billion in 2018.

In 2019, the Mercedes-Benz Kecskemét plant successfully launched on three occasions the series production of new compact models following each other. In February, the first series-produced example of the new-generation CLA Coupé rolled off the production line, followed shortly in June by its sister model, the new CLA Shooting Brake. In the fall of 2019, the Kecskemét factory launched its third successful serial production in one year, when the first examples of the Mercedes-AMG Performance top models of the Kecskemét compact models simultaneously exited the production line.

The Kecskemét factory has also increased its importance in the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars. The factory is a pioneer in the application and testing of new manufacturing technologies that after a successful test period will be adopted and implemented by other sites in the production network.

Christian Wolff, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Kft. said at the press conference that neither the production and financial results of 2019 nor the almost complete renewal of the model range would have been possible without the dedicated, motivated and competent team of the factory.


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The Mercedes-Benz factory in Kecskemét won the Daimler environmental award

The Mercerdes-Benz plant in Kecskemét finished on the first place of the Daimler Environmental Leadership Award (ELA) on 13 February 2020 in Stuttgart. The prize was launched in 2000 and was awarded for the 12th time this year – with 146 projects submitted by 1,200 participants from 30 countries for the judges to rate. The concern's internal environmental award recognizes efforts to improve the environmental balance of its products and to optimize the production in an as environmentally friendly manner as possible.

The “#Green. #Besser. # Kecskemét” project won the "Outstanding Environmental Commitment" category. Under this slogan, the Kecskemét plant implemented a number of measures that resulted in a 30 percent reduction in energy use, a reduction of more than 30 percent in CO2 emissions, and a 97.4 percent waste recycling rate today. In the spirit of environmental and climate protection, the staff has planted 2278 trees on the factory premises and launched a new waste island concept to support optimal waste separation.

The award is not only a recognition of the efforts of colleagues directly involved in the application, but is also the appreciation of the work of all employees and the confirmation of the factory's sustainability strategy at the same time.

Professional meeting of international students at Mercedes-Benz factory in Kecskemét

Between 13 and 17 January, 36 students from the Neumann János University of Kecskemét and the Albstadt-Sigmaringen University in Baden-Württemberg participated in the first Global Student Innovation Camp 2020, held at the Mercedes-Benz Academy in Kecskemét.

The students gained insight into the life of the Mercedes-Benz factory and the company's training center. The workshops were supported by guest lecturers from the universities and the factory experts, Prof. Dr. Uwe Sachse, Prof. Dr. László Szívós, Andreas ter Woort and Simon Laubscher. The project task was to create an economically sustainable and digitally supported business model, for which the students could discover innovative methods in practice, under real business conditions such as Canvas, Scrum, Lean Startup, or Design Thinking. The purpose of the international workshop was that the students, with the help of the new methods, could test and improve their existing knowledge in an intercultural team in a real business environment.

Give a Smile!: In 2019, too, children in need received a Christmas gift package

In December 2019, the Mercedes-Benz Factory in Kecskemét organized for the fifth time a „Give a Smile!“ fundraising event, during which the employees of the factory gave different surprises to disadvantaged children. Similar to the previous years, the factory helped families in need with firewood donations.

As part of the charity campaign in 2019, the factory's colleagues collected toys, books and sweets, and 45 gift packs were handed over to the children by the company's management at a ceremony in the factory on December 12, 2019. The cooperation between the Mercedes-Benz factory and the Kecskemét Together for Families Foundation, the Kunszállás Children's Foundation and the KAPOCS Social and Child Protection Institution in Kiskunfélegyháza continued. Last year, too, these three organizations helped ensure that the remaining part of the donations reaches the children of families in need before the holiday.

Thirty new graduates from Mercedes-Benz's expanded industrial foreman training program

In December 2019, 30 employees of the Mercedes-Benz factory in Kecskemét received the German-Hungarian certification after completing the third year of training for industrial foremen organized by the company and the German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

As a result of the partnership between the company and the Chamber, a well-functioning foreman training could be brought to life. The innovation of this school year was that not only the appointed supervisors could participate in the training, but the factory also involved the supervisor candidate coworkers (participants in the Foreman Trainee Program) who are currently preparing for the supervisor duties. So far, almost 70 employees have successfully completed the training in the last period.

The certificates were handed over on 10 December 2019 by Mária Borosné Huber, Managing Director of the German-Hungarian Knowledge Center, and Uwe Oentrich, HR Director of Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Kft.

Blood donation and health month at Mercedes-Benz factory

In November 2019, the Mercedes-Benz factory in Kecskemét organized on three occasions blood donations in cooperation with the Hungarian Red Cross. Of the in total 105 blood donors many were not the first time donating blood.

In addition to blood donation, actions to support and prevent the health of colleagues are since many years part of the corporate culture and health strategy. These initiatives include the already traditional November Health Month, for which the factory this year again provided examination buses for free urology, allergy, laboratory, abdominal ultrasound, dermatology and gynecological as well as pulmonary screening, and vitamin injections and vaccinations.