East London: Mercedes-Benz South Africa (Pty) Ltd (MBSA) has principally agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) later this month which will see the large auto company share its knowledge and experience, as well as its facilities and some of its infrastructure with the Buffalo City Metro.
Barry Canning, MBSA Divisional Manager for Product And Planning, has been instrumental in drawing up the parameters of the MoU and in determining the areas where MBSA can assist the metro in its efforts to improve efficiencies and service delivery as part of a longer term sustainability strategy.
"With the ‘Adopt a City' initiative of the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, we are keen to assist our own ‘hometown' in its determination and dedication towards changing the BCM into a real benchmark for South African cities and metro's. That is our mutual aim," he says.
"While the final agreement is yet to be signed, the only details I can share at this point are that the elements which MBSA will help implement at the metro will optimise service delivery and improve overall performance. These will certainly benefit all East Londoners - individuals, local government, industry, private and commercial enterprises alike.
"As a world-class plant which has consistently won the highest of international and local accolades we believe it's the right thing to do - and to assist where we can," he concludes.
About Mercedes-Benz South Africa
Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the global company, Daimler AG. The company's manufacturing plant is based in East London, a plant which has been building vehicles in South Africa since 1948.
Today MBSA manufactures Mercedes-Benz C-Class cars in right-hand drive for the local market and in left-hand drive execution for export to the United States of America. It also produces Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles and buses and FUSO trucks, as well as assembles Freightliner trucks, a leading American brand. The company also imports, distributes and markets other Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, trucks and vans, as well as smart cars.
The headquarters of MBSA are located in Zwartkop, Pretoria. At the Mercedes-Benz East London plant, more than 2 400 employees produce on average over 50 000 vehicles per year. Over the past five years this manufacturing plant has been recognised for its consistently high levels of quality manufacturing as evident from the various international J.D. Power and Associates awards internationally and the Synovate customer surveys locally.
In December 2010 parent company, Daimler, announced a further R2.5-billion investment in the South African operations, which will be one of four production sites for the next-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class. During 2011 about 10% of this investment will be used for building alterations, technology training and project planning work. For more information please visit http://www.mercedes-benzsa.co.za