Vladimir Putin Inaugurates First Mercedes-Benz Factory In Russia

Daimler has expanded its operations in Russia by opening their first local car plant. Located about 40 km (25 miles) northwest of Moscow, the Moscovia factory required an investment of more than €250 million ($281 million) and will create over 1,000 jobs.

Several Russian and German high-ranking officials, as well as Mercedes-Benz representatives, were present at the opening ceremony. Chief among them was the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, who was a accompanied by the Trade Minister of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov and the Governor of the Moscow Region Andrej Vorobjov.

Also Read: Mercedes Will Produce E-Class, GLC, GLE And GLS In Russia Too From 2019

The German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier, as well as Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars Markus Schafer were also on site, as production of the E-Class Sedan kicked off. All cars made in Moscovia are aimed exclusively at the local market, where the automaker’s sales have more than doubled in the past 10 years.

“The Russian automotive market continues to be a key market for German car manufacturers”, said Altmaier. “The opening of the first plant of Mercedes-Benz Cars in Russia is a landmark for the commitment of Mercedes-Benz in Russia, but also that of German ventures in Russia overall.”

Stretching across an area of 85 hectares, the new factory was built in less than two years and is part of Daimler’s global production network that includes more than 30 locations across various countries. Besides the E-Class Sedan, the plant will also produce a number of SUVs in the near future.

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  • exeptor

    In Russia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpGjYr0l1RI …… in Japan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n41eTtRRqus .

    It is just for fun, don’t take it too serious :).

    • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

      Everyone knows that the quality management of the Japanese is second to none

  • Trade tricks

    Very smart of Daimler to avoid declaring expected production units/capacity of the plant.

    Many have come to Russia to do similar, and many have insanely high unused plant-capacity due to regional marketplace realities. MB have saved themselves the potential embarrassment.

  • sidewaysspin

    Russia is going full steam ahead.

  • SteersUright

    The fact that Western companies support and work with corrupt regimes all in the name of profit is despicable.

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