Congratulations to Uusikaupunki!
More than 1.2 million cars have already been built in the city on the Finnish coast of the Baltic Sea. Since 2013, models from Mercedes-Benz as well. Cooperation partner Valmet Automotive based in Uusikaupunki was now honored with the Daimler Supplier Award.
There are a number of cities that people associate with the production of automobiles. But Uusikaupunki? Not necessarily. What is really amazing is the fact that more than 1.2 million cars have already been built in the Finnish city of Uusikaupunki. And thanks to Mercedes-Benz, that number keeps growing year after year. The plant of Valmet Automotive sits on the coast of the Baltic Sea, 240 kilometers to the north and west of Helsinki. Surrounded by pine trees. While you can see the forest for all the trees around here, you can’t necessarily see the cars. Production of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class started here in 2013, with more than 100,000 units having been built by the end of 2016. Due to the strong demand, the contract was extended through the end of 2017. Furthermore, production of the Mercedes-Benz GLC commenced in February 2017, at a similar order of magnitude. The mid-size SUV rolls off a single assembly line together with the A-Class in a flexible mix.
The history of automotive production at Valmet Automotive in Uusikaupunki goes back to 1969. Initially the company manufactured for Saab. In the 1990s, the Opel Calibra came off the line here. It was followed by the Boxster and Cayman models for Porsche. The world’s northernmost car factory currently employs 2,400 people. By the end of 2017, that number is even predicted to go up to 3,700. That’s a lot in relation to the little more than 15,000 people living in the city. Without the Valmet plant, this place would have mostly one thing: lots of scenery.
Young and successful
The partnership between Daimler AG and Valmet Automotive is still in its infancy. Not even four years old. And yet, it is already award-winning. In particular, Valmet was honored with the Daimler Supplier Award. In the category “Partnership.” Klaus Zehender, Member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars, Procurement & Supplier Quality, explains why: “The achievement of the last years showed that with Valmet Automotive we selected the right partner for a flexible and reliable co-operation.“ Work on innovative solutions is always ongoing in Finland, and the company meets the high standards on processes and quality. The management of Valmet Automotive regularly travels to coordination meetings to Böblingen near Stuttgart. To Klaus Zehender at the headquarters of Mercedes-Benz Cars Procurement & Supplier Quality.
Congratulations to Valmet Automotive are in order not only for the Daimler Supplier Award. Mercedes-Benz continues to put its trust in the cooperation with the Finnish provider of production services and has already awarded the follow-up contract for the next generation of compact vehicles. This means that cars with the three-pointed star will continue to roll of the line in Uusikaupunki also for the next couple of years. The name of this city in Finland is therefore one to remember. It’s easy to do: “Uusi“ means “new” in English, and “Kaupunki” means “city.” Thus: “New City.”