Anniversary at Mercedes-Benz Wörth Plant: Millionth Actros from Wörth delivered to long-standing customer Imperial

Anniversary at Mercedes-Benz Wörth Plant: Millionth Actros from Wörth delivered to long-standing customer Imperial
September 2015
Wörth am Rhein
  • Actros, synonymous with Mercedes-Benz long-haul trucks for close to 20 years and the most successful heavy duty truck in the world
  • Milestone truck is headed for South Africa
  • Stefan Buchner, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks: "We are very proud to have already put one million Mercedes-Benz Actros on the road from Wörth. The Actros stands for maximum economy, safety and comfort. Among other things, the Actros impresses with its fuel efficiency. That's what makes it a global bestseller."
Wörth am Rhein – Solid evidence of the Mercedes-Benz Actros success story and "quality made in Wörth": Now, the one millionth Actros produced in Wörth was delivered to long-standing customer Imperial. The milestone truck, a three-axle tractor unit with the description 2646 LS 6X4 in arctic white, will be on the road in South Africa. With Till Oberwörder, Head of Sales and Marketing Mercedes-Benz Trucks, and Gerald Jank, Head of Mercedes-Benz Wörth plant, in attendance at the customer center of the production site in Wörth, Stefan Buchner, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, symbolically handed over the keys to the milestone truck to Mark Lamberti, CEO of Imperial Holdings Ltd., the parent company headquartered in South Africa.
"We are very proud to have already put one million Mercedes-Benz Actros on the road from Wörth. The Actros stands for maximum economy, safety and comfort. Among other things, the Actros impresses with its fuel efficiency.That makes it a global bestseller," says Stefan Buchner.
Most successful heavy truck in the world
Economical, dynamic, versatile and comfortable – these are the characteristics that make up the success story of the Mercedes-Benz Actros. The first Actros was launched in the market in 1996; since then, the Actros has become the most successful heavy duty truck in the world. Available since 2011, the latest generation has once again improved significantly upon the successful model. Among these improvements, a reduction in fuel consumption benefits the client, while greater dynamics and increased driving comfort provide further relief to the driver. In 2011, the new Actros was the first heavy truck to meet the Euro VI emission standard.
Whether the "Record Run" comparison drive or customer feedback from all across Europe, the message is clear: Since 2011, thanks to the introduction of the new Actros at the Euro VI emissions level, Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC) and the new engine generation, average fuel consumption has been cut by 13 percent compared to the time-tested Actros predecessor model. And this already takes into account the fact that the established Euro V Actros was among the most economical trucks in Europe. The PPC assistance system recognizes the topography ahead and engages gear changes in order to optimize fuel efficiency. In doing so, PPC lowers fuel consumption by up to five percent.
Mercedes-Benz Trucks market leader in Western Europe and Germany
The Actros consequently took the top position in Europe in the highly competitive subsegment of heavy-duty trailer units. In doing so, the Actros contributed significantly to the market leadership of Mercedes-Benz Trucks in the medium and heavy trucks segment in Western Europe and Germany in the first half of 2015, with 20.4 and 31.9 percent. The Mercedes-Benz Wörth plant is the largest Mercedes-Benz Trucks site, making it the center of the Truck brand's global production network. Thanks to strong demand for the excellent product portfolio of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, production capacities in Wörth are currently well utilized. In addition to Wörth, the Actros is also assembled in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, and in Aksaray, Turkey.
"Thanks to our highly motivated Wörther team that builds the Actros since 1996 to the highest quality standards and with great passion, we can now celebrate this grandiose production milestone", Gerald Jank said. "As an innovative location we are looking forward to the next million Mercedes-Benz Actros made in Wörth."
Close business relationship between Imperial Holdings Ltd. and Daimler AG
Till Oberwörder: "This year, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has already managed to secure a major order with Imperial Logistics International B.V. & Co. KG for 300 Mercedes-Benz Actros. The loyalty of our long-term customer shows that our products stand out in terms of quality, economy and reliability. I am all the more delighted that Imperial will now accept the milestone Actros."
The logistics specialist Imperial is persuaded by the features of the Mercedes-Benz Actros. "First-class logistics services need first-class trucks. Therefore, for many years, we at Imperial have relied on the collaboration with Mercedes-Benz Trucks" said Imperial CEO Lamberti.
The 300 vehicles ordered in spring will be delivered by the end of 2016. The trucks will be assembled at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth. They will be used for distribution and contract logistics services at the Imperial subsidiaries Lehnkering and Panopa.
Imperial and Daimler are united by numerous business activities. The company offers a tightly knit and comprehensive logistics network in Africa and Europe, and is thus among the largest logistics providers in South Africa and in Europe. Daimler AG is among their customers. In Germany alone, Imperial operates a fleet of 400 trucks; the majority of these are Mercedes-Benz trucks. In addition, Imperial sells Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in South Africa and in the UK.
About the Mercedes-Benz Wörth Plant
The largest truck plant of Mercedes-Benz Trucks was established in Wörth am Rhein in 1963 and produces the Mercedes-Benz trucks Actros, Antos, Arocs, Axor and Atego. The Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks division vehicles Econic, Unimog and Zetros also roll from the assembly lines here. Up to 470 trucks customized according to customer requirements leave Wörth each day. Customers in over 150 countries value the "quality made in Wörth." Daimler plans to invest one billion Euro for modernization and expansion of the site by 2020. Around 11,400 employees work at the Mercedes-Benz Wörth plant.
About Imperial Logistics International
As a wholly-owned subsidiary of the South African Imperial Holdings Ltd., Imperial Logistics International B.V. & Co. KG is responsible for the coordination and management of Imperial's international logistics business outside of Africa. Five leading logistics companies belong to the Imperial Logistics International group: Imperial Shipping Group, Lehnkering, Panopa, neska and Brouwer with their subsidiaries and joint ventures. As a group, they are able to offer a comprehensive and diverse spectrum of services for global logistics business. With over 8,000 employees, the Imperial Logistics International group generated revenue of EUR 1.6 billion last financial year at 170 sites mainly in Europe.

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    Stefan Buchner, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks(left), hands over the symbolic key of the one millionth Mercedes-Benz Actros made in the Wörth plant to Mark Lamberti, Chief Executive Officer of South African Imperial Holdings Ltd..