Mercedes: Juan Carlos celebrates the modernization project of the Vitoria plant
His Majesty King Juan Carlos visited the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vitoria. The Spanish monarch attended the presentation ceremony that concluded the plant's modernization project dedicated to the van production (75 thousand a year).
In recent years Daimler AG has conducted a series of modernization measures to make the plant more flexible, and to focus above all on quality.
The most important component of these measures was the preparation of the plant for producing the next generation of medium-sized vans.
The production of the new Mercedes-Benz V-Class MPV was launched two months ago, and it will be followed this fall by the production of the new Mercedes-Benz Vito.
King Juan Carlos I was welcomed at the Vitoria plant by Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Daimler AG, and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
During the event it has been reminded the importance of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vitoria that plays a very significant role for the economy in the Basque region.
The Vitoria plant currently employs 3,500 men and women. In addition, it indirectly generates about 13,000 jobs in the region.
This year the plant is celebrating its 60th anniversary. The first vehicle rolled off the assembly line in 1954, when the plant still belonged to the Auto Union company. Daimler-Benz acquired the plant in 1981.