Mercedes-Benz East London Plant
(Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing South Africa (Pty) Ltd.)
Overview
Visitors' Address
Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
East London Plant
7 Settlers Way
Gately Industrial Township
East London, 5200
South Africa
Postal Address
Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
East London Plant
PO Box 671
East London, 5200
South Africa
Phone
Phone: +27 431 706-9111
Production
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan (right- and left-hand drive)
C-Class for right-hand drive markets: The current C-Class is already the third generation to be produced in South Africa’s Eastern Cape district. The plant has been exporting sedans to right-hand drive markets since 2000.
Since the production launch of the current C-Class in 2007, the facility has also been exporting left-hand drive vehicles to the U.S.
Starting in 2014, the East London plant also will produce the successor generation of the C-Class.
Facts & Figures
Plant area
603,600 sqm
Built-on plant area
265,075 sqm
Number of employees (as of December 31, 2012)
2,525
Plant founded
1948
Annual production (as of December 31, 2012)
60,030 vehicles
History
1958
Car Distributors Assembly Ltd. begins producing vehicles under contract to
Mercedes-Benz.
1984
Daimler-Benz AG acquires a 50.1 % share in United Cars and Diesel
Distributors (UCDD). The company is registered as Mercedes-Benz of South
Africa (Pty) Ltd (MBSA).
2000
Expansion of the plant: first right-hand drive models of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
2003
The 100,000th C-Class rolls off the assembly line.
2007
Production launch of the current C-Class.
2010
Investment decision for the production of the successor generation of the C-Class.
2012
More than 60,000 cars produced for the first time.
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