Daimler China production facility awarded by 'Factory of the Year' Jury
- Daimler joint venture Beijing Benz Automotive (BBAC) recognized by ‘Produktion’ magazine in ‘Excellent Large Series Assembly’ category
- Hubertus Troska: “BBAC is a key to the long-term and sustainable development of the Mercedes-Benz brand in China. This award is yet more solid proof of our ‘Made in China, for China’ commitment.”
- Peter Schabert: “Our team at BBAC accomplished over one million vehicles through a craftsman’s dedication to quality, combining extensive experience from Germany with the local expertise.”
- With two-thirds of Mercedes-Benz cars sold in China locally produced, Daimler’s global production standards ensure the highest quality
- Through continuous investment, BBAC has become one of Daimler’s comprehensive global production sites
- The new generation GLA SUV to start production this year
Beijing – In a ceremony held in Munich on March 21st, Daimler’s largest global production facility, Beijing Benz Automotive Co., Ltd. (BBAC), received a “Factory of the Year” award from the renowned German publication ‘Produktion’. BBAC was chosen for recognition in the “Excellent Large Series Assembly” category. As the primary local production base for Mercedes-Benz vehicles in China, BBAC plays a key role in Daimler’s overall global development strategy and production network.
Mr. Hubertus Troska, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Greater China: “BBAC is a key to the long-term and sustainable development of the Mercedes-Benz brand in China, and this award is yet more solid proof of our ‘Made in China, for China’ commitment. Our partnership has been a very strong one, and as a result our local portfolio makes up two-thirds of our total sales here in China. I am confident that with our continuous investment, BBAC will be an even stronger production location in the future.”
Mr. Peter Schabert, President and CEO of BBAC: “ Since its establishment, our team at BBAC accomplished over one million vehicles through a craftsman’s dedication to quality, combining extensive experience from Germany with the local expertise. We have worked hard to achieve this success, and the enthusiasm of our employees at BBAC is matched only by the enthusiasm of our customers to drive a Mercedes-Benz.”
Established by the industry journal ‘Produktion’ and business consulting firm A.T. Kearney in 1992, the “Factory of the Year – Global Excellence in Operations” award is one of the most respected benchmarks for the manufacturing industry in Germany and around the world. In choosing BBAC in the “Excellent Large Series Assembly” category, the organizers recognized the facility’s adoption of newly developed analytical methods for process control and quality assurance, as data from sensors and machines are collected in real-time, evaluated heuristically and fed into the process as feedback. All production practices at BBAC maintain Daimler’s rigorous and unified global standards.
About Beijing Benz Automotive Co., Ltd.
Beijing Benz Automotive Co., Ltd. (BBAC), a joint venture between Daimler and its Chinese partner BAIC Motor, has been producing Mercedes-Benz passenger cars since 2005 and engines since 2013. In 2016, over two-thirds of the Mercedes-Benz vehicles sold in China were made at BBAC. Thanks to the great success of the locally built E-Class, C-Class, GLA and GLC SUV, BBAC’s total local production output has passed the 1,000,000-unit mark in November 2016. In terms of surface area, BBAC is already the largest Mercedes-Benz car plant in the world, with the new generation GLA SUV to start production this year.
The Mercedes-Benz 4- and 6-cylinder engines manufactured by BBAC are used in cars produced by BBAC, as well as in vans made by Fujian Benz Automotive Co., Ltd. (FBAC), another local Daimler joint venture. The BBAC production line is flexible by design. Last year, Daimler and BAIC signed a strategic framework agreement on the joint investment of four billion RMB (more than €500 million) in further expanding the Beijing-based engine plant.