Mercedes-Benz Gaggenau plant celebrates 5 millionth medium and heavy-duty transmission

2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineNovember 13, 2018

Production milestone of heavy-duty transmissions in the Mercedes-Benz production site Gaggenau (Rastatt plant): The proud team in front of the five-millionth transmission, which has been coloured in honour of the celebration

The Mercedes-Benz plant at Gaggenau has set another milestone in its long history, with the 5 millionth commercial vehicle transmission leaving the production line at Rastatt’s Gaggenau plant in November. The 12-speed automated transmission (G330) will be exhibited at the Rastatt plant.

Dr Frank Reintjes, head of global powertrain, E-mobility and manufacturing engineering Daimler Trucks acknowledged this very special achievement.

“Five million transmissions ‘Made in Gaggenau‘ are an impressive milestone for both Gaggenau and our global production network: they stand for reliably high quality, for 63 years of competence and experience in the Daimler Trucks manufacturing network, and not least for millions of satisfied customers worldwide.”

The first special transmissions for the Mercedes-Benz Unimog began at the plant in 1951. Production of medium-duty and heavy-duty transmissions for trucks and buses followed in 1955. Now part of a global production network, the Gaggenau plant delivers its drive assemblies and components the world over. The medium and heavy-duty transmissions from Gaggenau are fitted in seven Daimler Truck and Bus brands: Mercedes-Benz, Setra, Fuso, Western Star, Freightliner, Thomas Built Buses and BharatBenz.

While production of the first million manual transmissions took just over 20 years, only six years were needed for the fifth million. An overview of all production milestones since 1955: one million by 1976, two million by 1986, three million by 1993, four million by 2012 and five million by 2018.

The Mercedes-Benz Gaggenau plant was founded in 1894 as Bergmann-Industriewerke GmbH and is the oldest automotive manufacturing plant in the world. In addition to transmissions for all Daimler vehicle divisions, planetary and portal axles as well as torque converters for passenger cars are also produced at this plant. The Mercedes-Benz plant at Gaggenau is the Centre of Competence for commercial vehicle transmissions in the international Daimler AG manufacturing network.