Established Partnership People with disabilities produce Mercedes-Benz components

Mercedes-Benz has maintained a partnership with the GWW charitable workshops and residential facilities in Sindelfingen for more than 40 years. People with disabilities produce parts and components for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, for example.

The ongoing partnership between GWW and Mercedes-Benz dates back to the 1970s. Back then the workers made key pouches. Other products were added in the years that followed. Since the start of 2016 the workers have produced spoilers, floor mats, D-pillar paneling and luggage compartment covers for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan/estate. In future, the personnel at GWW will preassemble the automatic headlamp range adjustment. Assembly work for the compact class and the next SUV generation will be added next year.

With this longstanding business relationship, Daimler makes several contributions to ecological, economic and social sustainability. GWW is located in the immediate vicinity of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen. Thanks to the short distance of only 5 kilometers, the transport causes few emissions as well as low costs. By placing orders with GWW, Daimler is also safeguarding employment and promoting the social integration of people with disabilities. Around 200 people can be employed as a result of the Daimler orders. Above all, this gives the staff at GWW a sense of self-esteem and identification with the Mercedes-Benz brand.

The employees at the GWW charitable workshops and residential facilities have successfully mastered the production of parts for the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class in tried-and-tested Mercedes-Benz quality.

Klaus Zehender, member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars, Procurement and Supplier Quality

Daimler also supports inclusion within the company and is convinced that greater diversity leads to better results. GWW also proves that people with disabilities work in an efficient and goal-oriented manner. The employees contribute new ideas to for process optimizations. For example, for assembly of the maintenance flap for the tanker pump in the E-Class. Originally, this featured a rigid seal and was affixed manually with a great deal of pressure, but now a robot applies a foam to attach the parts – which saves time and effort, as well as screws. Despite the automation of many processes and the use of robots, the aim is to provide a workplace for as many people with a wide range of disabilities and skills as possible.

The joy of working together is mutual. "Working together with Mercedes-Benz promotes sustainable and flexible jobs. It makes our employees proud to work for the automobile industry and such a renowned manufacturer," said Andrea Stratmann, CEO of GWW.

GWW does not have any special status as a supplier. It is subject to the same criteria as other suppliers. However, it excels with particularly high quality, dependability and competitiveness.

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