In an interview with Adam saphiro, the CEO Ola Källenius explains how the rules of the game have been in the automotive industry after the slow recovery due to the effects of the pandemic.
Källenius explained that Factory 56 represents the Industry 4.0 where everything is digitized and connected thanks to a completely flexible production. He added that Factory 56 is a factory CO2 neutral, and it will function as a model for future production.
The CEO also shared that Mercedes Benz seeks a neutral mobility in CO2 emissions. And it is not enough to simply put emission-free cars, but you have to look at the entire value chain, and of course, your own production.
In terms of production for Mercedes Benz cars and trucks, it contemplates that by 2022 it will have 30 plants around the world producing neutral CO2. In addition, it revealed that the Factory 56 will begin with the manufacture of the new flagship, the new S-Class, and will subsequently add another model and then a third.
Ola stressed that the connectivity of his factory is one of the areas that makes this strength unique, since it has its own 5G private network. Every machine and every car is connected to everything else, it is the first factory that is absolutely paperless, combining efficiency, flexibility and the ability to react quickly, but also with sustainability.
When questioning what he considers to be the way to manage the automotive sector in the future, the CEO of Mercedes said that this sector is in a fundamental transformation towards CO2 neutrality, through electrification, but also digitalization, which it means investing at very high levels in new technologies and innovations, coupled with a doubling of cost efficiency and also a restructuring of costs to generate the cash flow a business needs to earn in the future.