Daimler subsidiary in Romania, Star Assembly, has officially kicked off the production of the new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission last week. To implement the new product in the transmission portfolio, Daimler built two new production halls in Sebes, stretching on an area of about 54,000 square meters.
“The extension of our transmission manufacturing underlines the importance, flexibility and high performance of our production site in Romania in the global Mercedes-Benz Cars powertrain production network. The Sebes plant plays a key role in supplying the Mercedes-Benz Passenger car plants worldwide with high-tech transmissions flexibly and efficiently“, said Frank Deiss, Head of Powertrain Production Mercedes-Benz Cars.
“We are the first and only location in the Mercedes-Benz Cars powertrain production network to manufacture the new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission in Sebes, Romania. We have carried out the appropriate intensive preparations and deliver automatic transmissions in Mercedes-Benz top quality. Daimler’s continued commitment with regard to developing the Romanian location of Sebes and Cugir represents a powerful declaration of its belief in our highly qualified and engaged team and its outstanding work. We are proud to be part of this milestone in the history of transmission production”, stated in his turn Klaus Eichhorn, Site Manager of the Sebes and Cugir plants and CEO of Star Transmission and Star Assembly.
”What we are witnessing here today represents another positive outcome of the long-term partnership between Daimler and Romania. We welcome the decision of the company, one of the world’s largest stakeholders of the mobility sector, to implement a new significant project in Romania. I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate the Government’s full support towards all investment projects in Romania”, said Stefan-Radu Oprea, Minister of Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship.
The new dual-clutch automatic transmission, 8G-DCT, was first introduced in conjunction with the diesel engines that fit the new B-Class, which will be delivered to customers starting February 2019.
Daimler’s subsidiaries in Sebeş and Cugir have over 3,000 employees.