La actual generación del gran sedán alemán se ha construido exclusivamente en el mismo lugar desde 2013.

La actual generación del Mercedes-Benz Clase-S (W222), en el mercado desde 2013, ya se acerca al final de su ciclo. El fabricante ha estado trabajando a toda máquina en el desarrollo de su sucesor, pero mientras no llegue el W222 seguirá a la venta, y es así como acaba de celebrar un hito notable. Mercedes-Benz acaba de anunciar la fabricación de la unidad número 500,000 del actual Clase-S en su fábrica principal en Sindelfingen, en las afueras de Stuttgart.

En celebración de la ocasión, Michael Bauer jefe de producción de la planta dijo que "en cada uno de esos 500,000 Clase-S hay una gran porción del alma y corazón de la totalidad del equipo de Sindelfingen. Los muchos años de experiencia y el conocimiento especializado de nuestros empleados, han contribuido decisivamente en este éxito de producción. Como parte de la planta Mercedes-Benz en Sindelfingen, sentimos un gran orgullo en ser el centro de origen de nuestra clase premium de lujo". 

El Mercedes-Benz Clase-S se ha construido exclusivamente en Sindelfingen desde 2013, a pesar de que China, a donde se exporta un tercio de la producción, es el mayor mercado del modelo. El proceso de manufactura en Sindelfingen incluye multiples tecnologías digitales para hacer posible una planta libre de papel. Por ejemplo, las especificaciones exactas de cada unidad son transmitidas a los trabajadores de la línea de montaje a través de pantallas, mientras que todas las verificaciones se hacen por aparatos de comunicaciones móviles. 

El futuro de Sindelfingen luce prometedor. La planta fue seleccionada por Mercedes-Benz para la producción de las unidades de su línea de modelos eléctricos EQ. Sindelfingen emplea actualmente a más de 25,000 trabajadores, y además de los Clase-S sedán, cupé y cabriolet en versiones Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG y Mercedes-Maybach, también se fabrican allí las versiones sedán y wagon del la línea de medianos Clase-E, el CLS, el Mercedes-AMG GT, and y la crossover GLA. Cada día emergen cerca de 250 vehículos con la estrella de tres puntas de las líneas de ensamblaje de Sindelfingen.

Fuente: Mercedes-Benz

Galería: Mercedes-Benz Clase-S

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Sindelfingen. The 500,000th current-generation S-Class saloon has rolled off the production line at the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant. The Sindelfingen S-Class team from body-in-white, paintshop and assembly celebrated this milestone together with Michael Bauer, Head of Production at the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant and Site Manager, and the site's Works Council Chairman, Ergun Lümali. The current model of the Mercedes-Benz flagship has been produced exclusively at the tradition-steeped site in Sindelfingen for the global market since 2013. 

“Our Mercedes-Benz S-Class sets global standards - and this is also reflected in its production. The top quality of the S-Class, which rolls off the assembly line here in Sindelfingen, inspires our customers around the world. State-of-the-art Industry 4.0 solutions ensure flexible, efficient processes and support our people in their daily work", explains Jörg Burzer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG, Production and Supply Chain Management. 

Innovative power is the major constant in S-Class production. Many new technologies are initially tested as part of pilot projects. In 2017, for example, a Mercedes-Benz S-Class was the first vehicle to drive off the line autonomously during a pilot trial.  

"In each of the 500,000 S-Class models there is a large portion of heart and soul from the entire Sindelfingen team. The many years of experience and the specialist knowledge of our employees have made a decisive contribution to this production success. As the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant, we are proud to be the centre of competence for our premium and luxury class," says Michael Bauer. 

S-Class production is characterised by manifold digital technologies: state-of-the art data transmission and the latest hardware solutions facilitate the "paperless factory", for example. The employees find out about each vehicle's scope of specification via a screen. Mobile devices support them in individual work steps. Every vehicle can be precisely located at all times in a virtual representation of the factory. The customers also benefit from this: with the "Digital Anticipation" service they can follow the production status of their vehicle online. 

Measures which facilitate an especially ergonomic way of working for the employees play a central role. They include mobile platforms which move in synch with the line. What is known as the ErgoSkid, which raises the vehicles on the assembly line by 26 centimetres whilst the employees lay the subharnesses for the floor unit, also makes a key contribution to improved ergonomics. 

"These are highly motivated and superbly qualified colleagues, who produce vehicles in top quality day in, day out. With its exclusive 'Made in Sindelfingen' label the S-Class makes an important contribution towards securing employment at the Sindelfingen site. And this is paramount, for us as the Works Council," says Ergun Lümali. 

When the new-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class celebrated its world premiere in 2013 in Hamburg, experts described it as "the best car in the world" right from the outset. It is indeed the best-selling luxury saloon worldwide and in the past few years it has received numerous awards. Since the market launch of the 220 model in 1951, around four million S-Class Saloon models have been delivered to customers worldwide. China is the biggest market of all: more than every third model is sold there. 

About the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant 

The Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant is the centre of excellence for luxury-class vehicles and the lead factory for the production of the S- and E-Class model series. Going forward, this will also be the location for the production of electric vehicles of the new EQ product and technology brand. Together with the central production organisation of Mercedes-Benz Cars, the plant employs a workforce of more than 25,000. Mercedes-Benz produces the E-Class (Saloon and Estate) there as well as the CLS, the S-Class (Saloon, Coupé and Cabriolet), the Mercedes-Maybach, the Mercedes-AMG GT family and the GLA. Around 250 vehicles a day are delivered at the Mercedes-Benz Customer Centre in Sindelfingen.