Germany’s Daimler Group, which announced this April a EUR 300 M worth of investment in Romania, officially inaugurated on July 17 in Sebes (Alba County, central Romania) the unit for the assembly of automatic transmissions for Mercedes-Benz luxury cars; 250 jobs were thus created, Agerpres reports. One year after the commencement of construction works, the new facility covering an area of 9,000 square meters started on Wednesday, in a festive setting, the production line for 5-speed transmissions in the presence of Prefect George Feneser, Alba County Council vice-presidents Alin Cucui and Florin Roman, and mayor Alexandru Dancila.
Together with Star Transmission general manager Bernd Krottmayer and NAG1 project manager Jurgen Becke, the local officials got the assembly line running by pushing the symbolic ‘Start of Production’ button. They also put their signatures on the first automatic 5-speed transmission rolled out in Sebes. Star Transmission general manager Bernd Krottmayer said that until recently, the 5-speed automatic transmissions for Mercedes-Banz limos were assembled exclusively in Germany. (A.C.)