Daimler is investing EUR190 million in Mercedes Vitoria site

Article by Anita Panait, on January 18, 2014

Daimler AG is investing around EUR190 million on Mercedes-Benz’s Vitoria facility in Spain to prepare for the production of the new generation of medium-size vans that will commence this year.  The investment will mainly cover the modernization and reorganization of the site’s body shop, paint shop, and assembly units.

The investment will also be sued to optimize the site’s logistics. The Vitoria site currently employs over 3,100 people. “With the investment of approximately EUR190 million, we are strengthening our Vitoria facility and making it fit for the future,” Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, said.

He added that the investment emphasizes the importance of the second-largest van plant in the company’s global production network.

Daimler has been building the Mercedes-Benz Viano and Vito at the Vitoria site since 2003. The Viano is a premium full-size MPV targeted at private customers while the Vito is aimed at commercial customers.

Rainer Ruess, Head of Production at Mercedes-Benz Vans, remarked that the Vitoria site is the only auto manufacturer in the Basque region, adding that its “3,100 employees make it one of the biggest industrial companies in the region.”

The Vitoria site is located in the heart of the Basque region and was built in the early 1950s. It produces around 75,000 vans annually.

Topics: daimler, investment

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