Mercedes-Benz Cars signs a Memorandum of Understanding for new car assembly in Egypt

Jun 24, 2019   OEM

Following successful discussions, the carmaker has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Egyptian government.

Markus Schäfer, member of the Daimler AG Board of Management for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development (pictured at centre right): “Egypt has been an important market of Daimler for passenger cars, buses and commercial vehicles for many years. In the long term, we create various potential for the country and the region through strategic cooperation for mobility topics. Thereby we contribute to stabilising the economic environment.”
Jörg Burzer, Executive Board member Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain (at far right of picture): “In building up a local car assembly, we will be able to structure our production network to be even more flexible and efficient and respond even better to the needs of our customers.”

The Memorandum of Understanding not only describes a local Mercedes-Benz passenger car assembly, but also contains other potential fields of cooperation. The assembly will be set up by a local business partner. At the same time, Mercedes-Benz Cars emphasises the involvement and know-how of Egyptian suppliers.

In view of the long-term market potential, further investments are also conceivable, for example expansion of the dealer network, a logistical hub in the Suez Canal Special Economic Zone and a training centre. Furthermore, the company has offered to make its specialist expertise with respect to modern mobility concepts, e-mobility and electric vehicles, as well as autonomous driving, available.

With the planned car assembly operation in Egypt, Mercedes-Benz Cars is supporting Egypt as an industrial location. Already now, Mercedes-Benz is securing more than 1,000 direct and indirect jobs in Egypt with its own import and sales organisation, a central spare parts warehouse and numerous authorised retailers and workshops in Cairo, Gizeh, Alexandria and Hurghada. With the new car assembly operation, Mercedes-Benz Cars will create new employment and contribute to better training opportunities with the planned training centre.

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