January 15, 2014

Daimler to invest about €190-million in van plant in Vitoria, Spain

In one of the biggest single investments that Daimler has made in a van plant in recent years, Daimler AG will spend around €190-million on the Mercedes-Benz facility in Vitoria, Spain. The Vitoria facility will use these funds to prepare for the production of the
new generation of medium-size vans, which will start in 2014. The investment will primarily cover the modernisation and reorganisation of the plant's body shop, paint shop, and assembly units. The site's logistics will also be optimised. Currently the plant has over 3,100 employees.

The Viano and Vito models have been produced at the Vitoria plant since 2003. 

"With the investment of approximately €190-million we are strengthening our Vitoria facility and making it fit for the future. At the same time we are emphasizing the importance of the second-largest van plant in our global production network," said Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.

Rainer Ruess, Head of Production at Mercedes-Benz Vans, added, "The Mercedes-Benz plant in Vitoria is the only automobile manufacturer in the Basque region, and its 3,100 employees make it one of the biggest industrial companies in the region. We are totally committed to this location, and we are now working hard to prepare ourselves for the production of the next generation of medium-duty vans."

The Vitoria plant, which is located in the heart of the Basque region in northwestern Spain, was built in the early 1950s. The plant produces about 75,000 vans annually in a production space of 370,000 m² on a plant site covering 600,000 m².


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