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Record year at Mercedes’s Hungarian operations
Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Ltd. has had another successful year: its production last year was 4.1% higher than in 2016, and more than 190,000 Mercedes-Benz compact cars were manufactured in its Kecskemét factory.
Diplomacy&Trade online | May 14, 2018

Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Ltd. has had another successful year: its production last year was 4.1% higher than in 2016, and more than 190,000 Mercedes-Benz compact cars were manufactured in its Kecskemét factory.

The company's net sales last year exceeded EUR 3.5 billion euros. The profits are entirely spent on newer investments in Hungary. As a company and employer, the Mercedes-Benz factory paid a total of EUR 23 million in tax and contribution to the Hungarian state and the Kecskemét municipality in 2017.

According to Christian Wolff, Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Ltd., "the past year is not only a milestone in terms of good business results, but also because we have launched investments that serve future generations of both employees and buyers. According to Hungarian workers, the Mercedes-Benz factory became the most attractive domestic employer this year. This also proves that we are on the right track and that the Kecskemét team has become a real and attractive community."

A press statement released by the company points out that in 2017, the factory's new 99,000-square-meter bodywork shop was completed, where the new A-Class is being produced as of this April. Last year, the preparatory and landscaping works of the second factory of Mercedes-Benz began. As a result of the EUR 1 billion investment, an effective manufacturing facility with state of the art technology will be established by the end of the decade. The new "full-flex" factory will be equipped with digital process control and flexible production system for both front- and rear-wheel drive cars. The second Mercedes-Benz plant will greatly contribute to the increase in the number of employees and the number of suppliers and orders in the region.

Record year at Mercedes-Benz Hungária, as well

With sales of close to HUF 101 billion forints, Mercedes-Benz's sales representation office in Hungary also closed a profitable year in 2017: with 26% improvement on the 2016 figures.

The Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Hungária Ltd., Jörg Schmidt said that they are proud that Mercedes-Benz retained its market leader position in the premium passenger car segment with the record results of 2017. “Besides the efficient work of the staff, the arrival of new and renewed models, the continuous development of high quality customer service and the expansion of the dealer network also contributed to this success. Of course, this year, we will also do our utmost to satisfy our customers. The brand's ability to renew, the development of diverse services as well as our team and network hopefully contribute to meeting the challenges successfully and to remain the flagship of the automotive industry."

Last year, 1,462 small commercial vehicles were sold, producing an extraordinary 82% increase. In the case of truck sales, Mercedes had eight record months. Sales of commercial vehicles of over six tons gross grew by 72% compared to 2016. Sales of original spare parts increased by 15.2%. The company's network of partners employing more than 1,200 people worldwide has significantly contributed to overcome sales records.

   
   
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