Daimler retools the oldest engine factorySeptember 25, 2020
The German concern has begun negotiations with influential German trade unions to convert key factories for the production of engines and transmissions for the production of electric vehicles.
Plants in Berlin and the Untertuerkheim district of Stuttgart, adjacent to Daimler’s headquarters, are at the center of Mercedes-Benz’s plans to modernize production activities, which are linked to expected declines in demand for traditional combustion engines.
The world’s oldest car manufacturer is retooling two factories built in the early 1900s, highlighting the historic nature of the industry’s transition to battery-powered vehicles. This will probably require some sacrifice. By 2025, the company intends to cut about 4,000 jobs in Untertürkheim, which employs a total of 18,500 people.
The company said that Untertuerkheim should maintain a leading role in Daimler’s global plant network and expand its product range with electric vehicles. The small factory in Berlin will focus on the production of electrical and digital components.
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