Daimler wants to realign Berlin site
Instead of conventional drive parts, carmaker Daimler wants to test and develop software solutions for its global production at its Berlin site in the future.
"In addition, e-mobility components will also be assembled in Berlin in the future," the company announced on Wednesday. The management of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Marienfelde had agreed on this with the works council. Investments in the double-digit millions are planned. "By transforming Berlin into a centre of excellence for digitalisation with production volumes in the field of e-mobility, we are successfully securing the future of this traditional location," Jörg Burzer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG, announced.
Half of the jobs could be at stake
How many jobs will be lost as a result of the realignment remained open. As recently as December, the works council had expressed fears that around half of the jobs at the Berlin plant were at stake. Only on Monday, dozens of workers demonstrated in front of the Red City Hall in Berlin.
Future focus on e-mobility and digitalisation
Founded in 1902, the Marienfelde site is the oldest Daimler plant still in production. 2500 employees work there. So far, they have been building components for engine control, as well as transmission parts and components, fuel systems, camshafts, pumps and diesel engines. "In the future, the focus in Berlin in terms of series production volumes will be on e-mobility and digitalisation components," Daimler now says. "To this end, we will retrain and upskill our colleagues, but the transformation will also be accompanied by fewer jobs in the future.
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