Daimler and Renault-Nissan Alliance have commenced construction of their joint manufacturing plant in Aguascalientes, Central Mexico. The joint-venture manufacturing complex labelled COMPAS (Cooperation Manufacturing Plant Aguascalientes) will build next-generation premium compact vehicles for Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti.
Located near the Nissan Aguascalientes A2 plant, COMPAS will have an annual production capacity of 230,000 units and is set generate 3,600 direct jobs by 2020. Production of Infiniti vehicles is set to commence in 2017, while production of Mercedes-Benz vehicles will commence in 2018. The joint venture COMPAS could also create 12,000 indirect jobs due to high localization.
COMPAS which will oversee production of vehicles from the state-of-the-art manufacturing plant will be owned by Daimler and Nissan on a 50:50 basis, with an total investment of US $1 billion. The engineers from both the alliance members will work together closely at every stage of product development, however the vehicles produced will keep the unique characteristics and specifications of the parent brand.
Markus Schafer, Member, Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, said that this is an important milestone for the partnership between Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance. This new joint plant will help both partners to serve their respective customers faster and with more flexibility.
Jose Munoz, Executive Vice President, Nissan Motor Co., said that the new plant represents yet another example of the growing collaboration between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler with Mexico being a global benchmark for quality and efficiency.
More than 400 guests attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the plant including prominent personalities like Ildefonso Guajardo, Mexican Minister of Economy, Carlos Lozano de la Torre, Governor of the state of Aguascalientes, Markus Schafer, Member Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Jose Munoz, Executive Vice President, Nissan Motor Co, Roland Krueger, President of Infiniti Motor Company, and Ryoji Kurosawa, COMPAS CEO.
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