Mercedes-Benz plant in Gaggenau
The Mercedes-Benz plant in Gaggenau is a Daimler AG plant in Gaggenau . The plant belongs to the Daimler Trucks division within Daimler AG . It covers an area of 639,041 m 2 , employs 6,433 people (as of December 31, 2017) and is the largest industrial company in the Black Forest .
Gearboxes and planetary axles for trucks are produced in Gaggenau. The products include manual and automated gearboxes, commercial vehicle axles (AP and portal axles) and torque converters for car automatic transmissions. Furthermore, products in the field of machining technology, forming technology (pressed parts for Mercedes A- and B-Class) and services in the field of international logistics are offered. In the Rastatt plant , which is commonly known as the Rastatt transmission plant , transmissions for trucks and the A and B classes are manufactured. The Kuppenheim press shop, which produces outer skin and structural parts for trucks and cars, belongs to the Gaggenau plant.
The Gaggenau plant was founded in 1894 as Bergmann Industriewerke . At that time steam engines and automatons were manufactured. From 1895, the first series car was produced in the Murg Valley , the Orient Express . It is therefore the oldest continuously used automobile plant in the world. Three years later, Bergmann manufactured the first trucks and buses there. With the production of a “device for changing the speed of motor vehicles”, gear manufacturing began in Gaggenau in 1895. In 1905 Georg Wiß took over Bergmann's automobile business, which became independent as the Süddeutsche Automobil-Fabrik Gaggenau . From 1907 there was a rapprochement between the Süddeutsche Automobil-Fabrik and Benz & Cie. Rheinische Gasmotorenfabrik in Mannheim , which led to Benz acquiring shares in the Gaggenau factory. In the course of this investment, a contract of interests was concluded between the two companies, which stipulated that no more passenger cars would be manufactured in Gaggenau. In return, truck and bus construction was concentrated in the Gaggenau plant.
In 1912 Benz finally took over the entire Gaggenau plant. The Gaggenau plant became part of Daimler-Benz AG in 1926 through the merger of Daimler and Benz.
In 1944, the plant was almost completely destroyed by bombing.
After Mercedes-Benz took over the Unimog in 1950 , it was assembled at the Gaggenau plant from June 1951. The gearboxes for this were also manufactured in Gaggenau.
In 1954, production of the Mercedes-Benz L 325 began in Gaggenau .
From 1955 the plant also began producing transmissions for medium and heavy commercial vehicles.
In the mid-1960s, the group relocated the production of medium and heavy trucks to the Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth . The last of 115,792 Mercedes trucks that have been manufactured in Gaggenau since the merger of Daimler and Benz rolled off the production line on December 20, 1967.
In 1971 the Rastatt plant was built, where gearboxes for cars and trucks are manufactured.
From July 1973 the Gaggenau plant began manufacturing the Unimog as well as the MB-Trac .
Since 2001 the Gaggenau location has been the competence center for manual and automated transmissions within the global production network of Daimler AG.
In 2002, Unimog assembly was relocated to the Wörth plant.
In March 2013, the 10 millionth gearbox was manufactured in Gaggenau.
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