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Sándor Dávid

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The Mercedes-Benz Factory Race has become a community event

This year, the maximum number of registered competitors was reached at record speed in the traditional running race of the Mercedes-Benz factory in Kecskemét, which the car manufacturer has organized for the ninth time in order to build community  and promote  healthy lifestyle.

For the first time in the history of the race, all distances were organized within the factory fence. Both children's competition and adult distances, including the start-goal area, took the participants across the territory of the car factory. Participants were able to run through the body shop and also touched one of the logistics halls of the assembly shop.

The sports event is becoming more and more popular among adults and children, numerous families participated in the collective amusement. This year, a total of 2000 runners completed the race distances. In 2019, nearly 400 children ran for 1.3 km, and 88 teams tested their strength in the 5x5 km relay. Over 1,000 runners ran the 10 km race; the longest distance, 25 km was taken by 202 people.

Christian Wolff, Managing Director of the Mercedes-Benz factory in Kecskemét, congratulated and handed over the prizes to the best-ranked competitors. He believed that it gives reason to be joyful and pride about that, that while the participants through doing sports gave their vote to the healthy lifestyle, the event is also an important community event. He said that the competition had become a true tradition, which not only attracts runners and their attendants from the factory's catchment area, but also from other parts of Hungary.

ENGINEER STUDENTS AWARDED IN THE MERCEDES-BENZ FACTORY

Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Kft. and the GAMF Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science of the Neumann János University launched last year the Kecskemét engineering competition, which was also organized this year. The goal of the three-week competition was that the students elaborate practical solutions to the technical challenges provided by the engineers of the Mercedes-Benz factory. Their work was supported by the professional mentors of the plant. The specialty of this year's competition was that a female starter also strengthened the field, proving her aptitude and showing an example for young girls who are interested in the engineering field. The best three teams were awarded in the Mercedes-Benz plant on Monday, along with the award-winning bonus some EFOTT tickets and valuable Mercedes-Benz gift packages found a new owner.

The winners are:

1st place: the Csillag-Delta team (Gergő Antal, Dávid Kamenár, Dávid Lajos, Dániel Martina), with a project focusing on gyroscope tracking equipment;

2nd place: the Benz-Boyz team (Szevér Balajti, Richárd Borbély, Martin Péter Hetei, Bence Németh, Ákos Somogyi), who presented its project on robot arm maintenance;

3rd place: the Z-Gen team (Norbert Kiss, Ákos Lakatos, Ferenc Tajti), their project dealt with minimizing scrap caused by clogging of adhesive dispensers;

A special prize was awarded to the only female participant of the competition, Dominica Tápai, as well as to Martin Péter Hetei for the best presentation

The new Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake made in Hungary: Sports car with load space

Dynamic, intelligent and practical: the new Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake introduced on March 5, 2019 in Geneva, is manufactured, similarly to its predecessor model, in the plant in Kecskemét. The new model follows the sensually pure design of Mercedes-Benz while the interior is defined by intelligent digital technology. Refined surfaces, exciting curves, aesthetic elegance and emphasized rear end characterize the new model. Its interior is modern and of outstanding quality and it offers passengers more space than the predecessor model in the shoulder, head and elbow areas. The digital environment around the driver is perfectly integrated into the interior while thanks to the MBUX system with intelligent assistants and refined voice recognition, operating these numerous functions comes natural and easy.
Great emphasis is placed on further increasing individualization in the new Shooting Brake with the Progressive and AMG Line equipment lines as well as a number of complementary services and applications that can be downloaded from Mercedes me depending on your own preferences and called up via MBUX. The new model will come onto the market in September 2019.

Mercedes-Benz closed a very successful year again

The Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét produced once again more than 190,000 cars in the business year 2018 – achieving a net turnover of over 3,5 billion Euro.

However, last year was important for the plant not only because of the turnover and production figures. Several milestones were added to the history of the plant: start of production of the new A-class, the one millionth car rolled of the assembly line, the CLA, which is made exclusively in Kecskemét, winning two valuable international quality awards, and the opening of the Mercedes-Benz Academy Kecskemét, where future car industry experts are educated with the use of the most modern technologies.

“Since the start of production in 2012 the plant in Kecskemét is the synonym of stability and excellent quality. In the business year 2018 we achieved outstanding results in figures as well as in quality and our colleagues are to thank for our success” - says Mr. Josip Niksic, finance director
of Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Ltd.

Mercedes-Benz Hungary Ltd, the Hungarian subsidiary of Daimler AG, closed the previous year with a turnover of 108 billion HUF, which is a 7% increase compared to the result of the year before.

Mercedes-Benz starts the production of the new CLA Coupé in Kecskemét

The Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét remains the birthplace of the CLA: Following the sales success of the CLA Coupé, launched in 2013, the production of the second generation of this compact model - like its predecessor - now starts exclusively in Kecskemét. The new CLA is above all designed to appeal to younger buyer groups. The CLA Coupé was the first Mercedes-Benz model ever to celebrate its world premiere at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 in Las Vegas. The first generation of the CLA was already seen as a design icon. The new Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupé follows its example, combining an emotional, dynamic design idiom with numerous technological innovations. The new CLA Coupé and the CLA Edition 1 will enter the market in May 2019.

The new Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupé: World-class car from Kecskemét

The new Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupé was revealed at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. This compact coupé has an outstanding design and comes with highly intelligent solutions. Starting with the MBUX Interior Assist, which recognizes and performs control commands even by way of gestures, through the Augmented Reality navigation to the ENERGIZING COACH function that offers individual fitness recommendations, the new CLA is proud to have a number of smart solutions. Beyond all these features, the four-door coupé is even more attractive by its high-level aerodynamics and effectivity as well as by the new Intelligent Drive functions of the driver assistance package. The form design is even more graceful than it was at its predecessor, the power dome curves of the bonnet and the lowered rear license plate will enhance the coupé character of the model even more. The new CLA continues to uphold the slogan “World-class car from Hungary” as it is the newest pride of the Mercedes-Benz brand made only and exclusively in Kecskemét, just like its preceding model.

A month of health announced at the Kecskemét Mercedes-Benz plant

Each November since 2015 has been a month of health at the Kecskemét Mercedes-Benz plant. Health protection, prevention, and sports are high among the company’s priorities, which is why in November staff members have a number of medical screenings, and a variety of health maintenance programs available to them.

This year’s health month – similarly to previous years’ – includes a screening bus where a series of screenings will be offered to employees free of charge. Tests performed on the bus include urology examinations, chest X-ray, screenings for various types of cancer, and allergy tests.

Many of the male employees have joined the MentsManust [Save-the-Guy] movement by growing a moustache in an attempt to emphasise the importance of preventing prostate cancer.

Fresh graduates from the foreman training program of the Kecskemét plant

A new group of 24 graduates have received their Hungarian-German diplomas certifying completion of the one-year foreman training course at Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Kft. and the German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce co-founded the foreman training in 2016 to be provided to plant staff. The first set of graduates were awarded their diplomas last autumn.

The Kecskemét plant and the German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce together adapted to Hungarian needs the key modules of the German training course developed by Daimler. In addition to expanding professional knowledge, the training is also aimed at equipping participants with a wide range of management skills. Subjects range from economics to motivational and communication courses to include even quality management and a number of others. Following successful completion participants are awarded with a bilingual (Hungarian and German) diploma.

In the future these courses, too, will be housed by the newly opened Mercedes-Benz Academy Kecskemét.

Mercedes-Benz Academy Kecskemét training centre handed over

The inaugural ceremony of the new training centre of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét erected in hardly a year has recently taken place. The 8000 m2 Mercedes-Benz Academy Kecskemét is located next to Csillag Crèche and Kindergarten on the premises of the car plant. The majority, 6000 m2 of the building is occupied by a training hall equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The building also includes offices, training rooms, and a multifunctional space accommodating audiences of up to 120, which is also available to trainees and students.

The modern training hall of Mercedes-Benz Academy Kecskemét is going to house mainly the practical sessions, and occasional project work of dual education participants. The training rooms will also serve as a venue for internal training events including training for office work or jobs on the assembly line. Recruitment, worker selection as well as skilling of new recruits for the assembly line will also take place here. Additionally, further training of the current workforce will also be provided at the training centre.

The Kecskemét plant has played a pioneering role in introducing dual education in Hungary: the success of the program – operating since 2011 – is demonstrated by applications for both dual vocational training, and dual college training far exceeding available places year on year. The number of courses offered under the program increases continuously. In providing its dual training, the company closely cooperates with the Kecskemét Neumann János University and several vocational schools including Kandó Kálmán Vocational Grammar School and Vocational Secondary School, and Gáspár András Vocational Grammar School and Vocational Secondary School, and Szent Benedek Grammar School and Vocational Training School.

The millionth car is completed

The 1.000.000th compact car, proud to be known as „Made in Kecskemét” rolled off the assembly line. The order for the beautiful white AMG-line car was placed at an Italian dealership and the car traveled all the way from Bács-Kiskun County to its new owner in Toscana. At the same time with this production milestone the model Mercedes-Benz CLA won the long-term reliability certification prize by J.D. Power 2018 Germany VDS in the middle category passenger cars. In the history of the prize it was the first time that a car manufactured in Hungary got acknowledged by German customers as the most reliable on the long term. J.D. Power was established in 1968 in California and it became renowned from the 1970s by their independent car trade analyses and customer review evaluations. The key to our success is the top quality that our colleagues at the Mercedes-Benz plant achieve in Kecskemét and it makes our products always worthy of our customers’ trust.