Dünya – Celebrating the 20th anniversary of its bus production plant in Istanbul, Turkey, Daimler AG will invest more in its operations in Turkey, which is already home to the company’s critical research and engineering facility on bus production, and an IT service center.
The celebrations held at the Hosdere plant, operating under the Turkish division of Daimler, Mercedes-Benz Türk, also marked the roll off of the 75,000th Mercedes-brand bus made in Turkey, since the company first began production 48 years ago. Established as Otomarsan in 1967, Daimler’s Turkish division changed its name into Mercedes-Benz Türk in 1990.
Speaking at the ceremony, the bus division head of Daimler, Hartmut Schick, observed that the Hosdere plant was among the most modern bus factories in the world, continuing: “This plant occupies a critical spot in Daimler’s global bus development and production network, standing out as a center of high proficiency. Exporting 80 percent of its output to Europe and the Middle East, the Hosdere plant manufactures the best-selling Mercedes-Benz buses, built to the same high quality standards as in Germany.”
Also speaking at the anniversary event, The newly appointed chairperson of Mercedes-Benz Türk, Britta Seeger, highlighted Daimler’s long-standing commitment to Turkey, and noted, “One of the largest foreign investors in Turkey, Mercedes-Benz has a 48-year history in the country and is known for its social projects, as well as its employment creation and contribution to the economy.”
Employing 3,300 people, the Mercedes-Benz Türk Hosdere plant has a local procurement ratio of 60 percent. In addition to buses, the company also manufactures heavy trucks in Turkey, exporting them to more than 70 countries.