According to the press release published on the official website of Mercedes-Benz RUS, Daimler AG has plans to manufacture Mercedes-Benz cars in Russia for the first time.
SUVs and E-Class sedans will be manufactured at the facility in Esipovo Industrial Park, situated 40km north-west of Moscow, in a flexible operation regime. The manufacturer will invest more than €250 million in the production. The first automobiles will roll off the production lines in 2019.
“Russia is a strategically important and significant market for Mercedes-Benz in terms of sales. Based on this fact, we are expanding our global production network with the construction of the new plant in Yesipovo” – said Marcus Schafer, a board member of Mercedes-Benz Cars Division, in charge of production and supply chain management.
The new car factory in Moscow Region will cover all stages of the production process – from bodywork assembly and painting to the final assembly. More than 1000 jobs will be created in the factory. The region will also benefit from the job creation in component production and service provision areas. The facility will be situated partly in the Yesipovo Industrial Park. Daimler has already established a new logistic centre for the Russian market, approximately 20km away from the planned car factory, last year.
The production will be carried out by the newly created company: Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Rus, which is a participant of the Daimler Kamaz RUS joint venture, alongside Daimler AG. Daimler has been cooperating with Kamaz in the joint venture successfully since 2010, manufacturing trucks for the Russian market. The two companies are involved in JV on a parity basis.
As reported previously, Daimler plans to start the construction of the Mercedes-Benz car factory in Moscow Region in 2018. According to a source of Vedomosti, the annual production capacity of the factory is planned to reach 25,000 vehicles.