Mercedes-Benz TrailerAxleSystems Expands Production Capacity

Stuttgart/Kassel, Feb 18, 2008
  • Unit continues to perform well in 2007
  • Production to be expanded from two to three assembly lines
  • Further boosting of strong market position
Stuttgart/Kassel – With a production output of about 70,000 units in 2007, Mercedes-Benz TrailerAxleSystems (TAS) is one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of trailer axles. As in previous years, the unit continued to perform well in 2007 within the context of a growing commercial vehicle market. Today, axles from Daimler Trucks are used throughout Europe in trailers made by all major manufacturers.
Last summer, Mercedes-Benz TAS launched an investment program at its Kassel plant in order to further enhance its strong market position and prevent potential supply bottlenecks in the future. As part of this program, the plant will put two additional welding facilities into operation by the end of the year. Production will be expanded in 2009, when the number of assembly lines will be increased from two to three. In line with this expansion, the shift models will be adjusted to increase manufacturing and assembly capacity.
The trailer axle business is now a sustainable long-term component of Daimler Trucks’ portfolio of products and services. “The trailer axle business is very important for our plant, which is why we’re doing all we can to further strengthen our leading position on the market and safeguard Kassel as a production location in the future,” says Dr. Holger Steindorf, head of Global Axle and Transmission Production at Daimler Trucks and director of the Kassel plant.
Mercedes-Benz TAS has been successfully producing trailer axles for the European market in Kassel for more than ten years. The trailer axle facility has about 200 employees and is a key component of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Kassel. Its DCA family (Durable Compact Axle) has made Mercedes-Benz TAS the technology leader in the trailer axle market. Time and again, the trailer axle manufacturers in Kassel have developed pioneering innovations that create considerable added value for customers. A great example of this is the DCA Airmaster, the world’s first trailer axle to store compressed air for the brake system and air suspension within the body of the axle itself.

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