Mercedes-Benz South Africa celebrates roll-out of 125 000th East London built truck

DECEMBER 3, 2015

Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) added yet another milestone to its long and committed journey to the country when the 125 000th truck rolled off the assembly line at its plant in East London.

The first truck was assembled at the then Car Distributors Assembly (CDA) in East London in 1962. CDA, the company that would evolve into MBSA, opened its doors in 1948 and was contracted in 1958 by Daimler-Benz to assemble Mercedes-Benz products. Since then, the commercial vehicles division of MBSA has assembled the Unimog, Mercedes-Benz buses, FUSO trucks, Mercedes-Benz trucks and Freightliner trucks.

"As the assembly team, we have clear and stringent processes that we never deviate from. This has meant that our plant is rated as one of the best in the world,” said MBSA Divisional Manager, Goodhope Ncapo.

"We pride ourselves on world-class quality and unmatched reliability.  As we all witnessed today on the production line, we only produce trucks that our customers will be more than satisfied with," adds Ncapo.

The 125 000th truck, a white Mercedes-Benz Axor 3335, was handed over to one of Mercedes-Benz Trucks' most valued customers - Aqua Transport and Plant Hire. The Euro III Axor will soon be part of Aqua's increasing and exclusively Mercedes-Benz fleet, operating as a water tanker.

"As Mercedes-Benz Trucks, we are proud that the 125 000th truck to be assembled by our plant in East London is being handed over to Aqua Transport and Plant Hire,” says Clinton Savage, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks.

“It gives us great joy to know that our exceptional quality Mercedes-Benz vehicles, such as the reliable Axor, are contributing towards the growth and success of Aqua and that our vehicles offer our customers a competitive advantage.

"We are not only here to celebrate this truck, but also the longstanding relationship we have developed with Aqua. The 125 000th truck forms part of a bigger order of 165 Mercedes-Benz trucks, which makes this one of the largest single orders for our trucks. This is only possible because the quality measures and processes from our plant are remarkable," adds Savage.