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Friday, 4 September 2015
Daimler-Nissan break ground in Mexico
Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance yesterday
broke ground for their joint-venture manufacturing complex, COMPAS (Cooperation
Manufacturing Plant Aguascalientes) in central Mexico set to build
next-generation premium compact vehicles for the brands Mercedes-Benz and
equally owned by Daimler and Nissan. The partners will invest a total of US$1 billion
in the joint venture which will oversee the construction and operation of the
state-of-the-art manufacturing plant.
the Nissan Aguascalientes A2 plant, COMPAS will have an initial annual
production capacity of more than 230,000 vehicles and will create about 3,600
direct jobs by 2020. For the first time, Daimler and Nissan component suppliers will be shipping in parts Just-in-Time to a common plant. Daimler engineers will be able to experience at first Nissan's in-plant quality procedures.
market development and customer demand, there will be the potential to add
Infiniti vehicles begins first in 2017, while the first Mercedes-Benz vehicles
will roll off the line in 2018.
In addition to
the direct employment it provides, COMPAS is also expected to generate some
12,000 indirect jobs – largely due to a high localization rate which will
significantly increase the Mexican supply base.
COMPAS is led
by an international management team from Daimler and Nissan: Ryoji Kurosawa is
chief executive officer, Uwe Jarosch is chief financial officer and Glaucio
Leite, is chief quality officer.
“Today marks an
important milestone for the partnership between Daimler and the Renault-Nissan
Alliance. This new joint plant will help both partners to serve their
respective customers faster and with more flexibility. As Mercedes-Benz’ first
production location for compact cars in the NAFTA region, it will also
significantly enlarge our footprint here,” said Markus Schäfer, member of the
divisional board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain Management,
at the ground-breaking ceremony.
“On our end,
while sharing high efficiency and flexibility in the joint venture, we will add
Mercedes-Benz specific technology as well as further training and assistance by
our global lead plant for compact cars in Rastatt, Germany. This proven approach
will guarantee that our quality here in Aguascalientes will be the same as at
the other locations of our global compact car production network in Europe and
As announced in
June last year, Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance will cooperate also in
the development of the next-generation premium compact vehicles for the brands
Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti.
partners say they will “closely collaborate at every stage of the product
creation process”. Brand identity will be safeguarded as the Mercedes-Benz and
Infiniti vehicles will clearly differ from each other in terms of product
design, driving characteristics, and specifications.
No mention is
made however of component-sharing which could increase cost-benefit.
Daimler and the
Renault-Nissan Alliance will also produce the next-generation premium compact
cars at other production locations around the world, including Europe and
already a key location for Daimler with a total of around 8,000 employees. The
group has production plants for trucks and buses in Saltillo, Santiago
Tianguistenco, and Garcia, a parts distribution centre in San Luis Potosí and a
remanufacturing plant, a product delivery centre, and a training centre for
passenger cars located in Toluca.
Nissan has been
producing vehicles in Aguascalientes since 1992. In November 2013, Nissan
opened a second manufacturing complex in Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes A2.
Nissan also has a plant in Cuernavaca. Together, the three plants have an
annual production capacity of 850,000 vehicles. Nissan is the leading automaker
in Mexico, accounting for one in four cars sold.