The Mercedes-Benz plant at Gaggenau has produced its five millionth commercial vehicle transmission. The 12-speed automated transmission left the production line on the November 12.
The plant located in the northern Black Forest region of Germany boasts a long tradition of producing transmissions, with the first Mercedes-Benz Unimog special transmissions being produced at the Gaggenau site in 1951. Production of medium-duty and heavy-duty transmissions for trucks and buses followed in 1955.
Dr Matthias Jurytko, head of operations at the plant, said, “Five million heavy-duty transmissions in 63 years underscores our excellent competence as a transmissions plant as well as the huge capacity of our factory.
“The only way to successfully produce this magnitude of transmissions and with this quality, is to have a highly qualified and motivated team work hand-in-hand with the greatest commitment.”
Now part of a global production network, the Gaggenau plant delivers its drive assemblies and components to sites including the truck assembly plant in Wörth in Germany’s Rhineland-Palatinate region; and the Turkish plant in Aksaray.
The medium- and heavy-duty transmissions are fitted in seven Daimler Truck and Bus brands: Mercedes-Benz, Setra, Fuso, Western Star, Freightliner, Thomas Built Buses and BharatBenz.