Mercedes-Benz Cars, a unit of German automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz belonging to automotive corporation Daimler, will establish a battery factory at the Polish site in Jawor as part of its electric initiative.
The new facility will expand the company’s global battery production network to nine factories.
An engine factory is being built in Jawor, 100km away from the German border. The plant will produce four-cylinder engines for hybrid and conventionally driven vehicles.
The Jawor plant will be the first production site of Mercedes-Benz Cars in Poland and will provide more than 1,000 jobs.
Mercedes-Benz Cars member of the divisional board of management, production and supply chain Markus Schäfer said: “We will electrify the complete portfolio until 2022 and will be able to offer in each segment various electrified alternatives to our customers. This includes more than ten pure electric vehicles.
“We will produce batteries on our own, what we consider a significant success factor in the era of electric mobility.
“After the production of high-tech engines, we will establish additional future technology in Poland. The battery factory in Jawor is the second largest investment at this new Mercedes-Benz site.”
Engine production in Jawor will commence in 2019 and car plants of Mercedes-Benz in Europe and around the world.
Around 300 jobs will be created with the construction of a battery factory on the existing ground at the site.
The battery assembly unit will be equipped with latest technologies and the production of batteries for vehicles of the product and technology brand EQ is expected at the beginning of the next decade.
The company has concluded agreements with local green electricity and heat suppliers. The engine factory and the battery factory will be supplied with CO2-neutral energy.
Poland Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said: “The decision of Mercedes-Benz Cars to start the production of electric batteries for a new type of vehicles in Jawor shows that companies that have started operations in our country positively assess the investment climate and want to continue to grow here.
“We are witnessing the 4.0 industrial revolution in which Poland plays a leading role. All the more we are glad that in Jawor will be produced not only traditional engines, but also the hearts of cars of the future, namely electric batteries.”
Image: Mercedes-Benz Cars to build battery factory in Poland. Photo: Courtesy of Daimler AG.