Mercedes-Benz Cars is investing more than €250 million in a new plant located in the Moscow region. The carmaker is starting production for the local market with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan, and says SUV models are to follow. Over 1,000 employees are expected to be work in production and administration. The Moscovia plant is said to be characterised by a flexible and green production, and will use modern Industry 4.0 technologies.

As previously reported by ILM, in 2017, Mercedes-Benz laid the foundation stone for the new plant, located around 40 kilometres northwest of the Russian capital, in the Esipovo industrial estate across an area of 85 hectares. The production company Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing RUS (MBMR) has responsibility for the new passenger car production in Russia and was created specifically for this purpose. The new production plant is part of the global production network with more than 30 locations worldwide.

“The Russian automotive market continues to be a key market for German car manufacturers. The opening of the first plant of Mercedes-Benz Cars in Russia is a landmark for the commitment of Mercedes-Benz in Russia, but also that of German ventures in Russia overall”, said Peter Altmaier, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy.