Tuesday 2 December 2014

Mercedes-Benz reaches truck milestone

The Mercedes-Benz plant in Aksaray, 230km south-east from the Turkish capital of Ankara, has built its 200,000th truck.

Turkey is the world’s third-largest sales market for Mercedes-Benz Trucks after Brazil and Germany. Mercedes-Benz Trucks sold roughly 17,000 units in Turkey in 2013.

“The Aksaray plant is a key component of our Mercedes-Benz Trucks production network,” said the Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Stefan Buchner.

About €310 million has been invested in the Aksaray plant since 1986. Most recently, €20 million were spent there to construct a new production hall that will add a further 10,000m² to the plant’s production area and increase annual production capacity to 17,500 units.

Mercedes-Benz Türk was established in Istanbul in 1967. It began producing buses for the Turkish market in 1968. In 1986, the Aksaray plant launched production of trucks.

Over the years, it has developed into a key industrial facility and become the most important employer in the region. Today, the plant manufactures Actros, Axor, and Atego trucks using state-of-the-art production systems. Most of the trucks built at the plant are sold in Turkey.

The Aksaray plant currently occupies an area of 560,000 m². Highly modern production machinery and equipment ensure a high level of product quality. The facility has been certified in accordance with the stringent ISO environmental-protection standard since 2003. The Aksaray plant currently has 1,700 employees.

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