|Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has a good reason to celebrate its long association in the country with the roll-out of the 25,000th vehicle at its Pekan Production Plant, recently.|
Mercedes-Benz’s longstanding heritage in commercial vehicles is attributed to Daimler AG’s truck assembly plant in Wörth, Germany; the world’s largest facility of its kind. Mirroring first-class technology and production methods, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia carries on the tradition of excellence in Commercial Vehicles at its production line in Pekan.
As one of the nine Daimler CKD commercial vehicle production facilities worldwide, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s Pekan production plant continues the 100-year legacy that comes with a Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle. Spread across 19,000m2 the commercial vehicle production line is operated by 176 employees, and has a current capacity of 4,000 units a year.
The Pekan production plant produces a large variety of commercial vehicles, including the largest in the world, the Actros. Following a recent tour of the facility, MBM (Mercedes-Benz Malaysia) revealed that the commercial vehicle production differs from that of passenger vehicles. With shorter and wider space to accommodate the size of commercial vehicles, the production process has five stations. Work begins with the Frame Assembly and moves on to Cab Painting and then to Assembly Line. To ensure utmost quality, commercial vehicles are sent to testing, followed by completion, inspection and finally, Buyoff.
MBM’s commercial vehicle portfolio is designed for a wide range of applications. From long-distance to short-radius distribution transport, work on construction sites and rescue operations, MBM has supplied commercial vehicles to multinational corporations and a variety of organizations. With a current market share of 16.4 per cent, MBM has also secured significant fleet deals since establishment, with key companies such as Swift Haulage, Interway Transport and Landbridge Haulage.
Looking forward, MBM intends to continue to develop its product portfolio and after-sales service in tandem with the current demand for commercial vehicles. Its current best-selling variant, is the six by two configuration, Actros 2640LS. Up to date, MBM has after-sales support for its commercial vehicles via 14 service centers nationwide.