TORONTO, June 21, 2012 /CNW/ - Mercedes-Benz Canada today celebrated the
completion and official grand opening of the world's first automated
automotive facility dedicated to the production and production
technology development of fuel cell stacks. The 3,300 square metre
building, located in Burnaby, B.C, represents a major development on
the road to a more sustainable future, and further solidifies the
leading role that Mercedes-Benz, and its parent company Daimler, will
play in the commercialization of fuel cell technology.
The graduated testing and commissioning phase at the state-of-the-art
facility is already well underway, and the first automated fuel cell
stack was produced on June 7, 2012. Following the optimization of
processes, it is expected that full-series production will commence
shortly. In addition, another important parallel mandate of the new
location will be continued research that is focused on the development
of future generations of fuel cell stacks.
The strategic decision to locate the manufacturing plant in Burnaby, BC,
was announced last year to ensure close proximity to the fuel cell
stack development at Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC) and the
industrial fuel cell cluster located in the Greater Vancouver Area.
This concentration has developed due to the numerous related companies
and the significant activities in the field of fuel cell technology at
the various institutes and universities, creating a very positive
technological environment and the required infrastructure necessary for
the further development of fuel cell stacks.
"We are delighted that Mercedes-Benz has chosen British Columbia as its
new home for fuel cell production. Their investment means jobs for B.C.
families and potential for growth in our fuel cell development sector,"
said Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation. "Fuel cells
will one day power cars around the world, and B.C.'s world-class
innovators are going to work with Mercedes-Benz to achieve that
Daimler has been a worldwide pioneer in the field of fuel cells from the
very beginning. Most recently in 2011, the company demonstrated the
suitability of fuel cell technology with the F-CELL World drive - a
four-month, 30,000 kilometre journey that circumnavigated the globe and
confirmed the high technical maturity of fuel cell technology.
"A steadfast commitment to innovation has guided our brand since we
first invented the automobile, and today we are extremely proud to mark
a significant milestone that will help us continue to reinvent the
automobile," said Tim A.Reuss, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz
Canada. "Fuel cell technology represents a viable transportation
solution for the future that will provide our customers a zero-local
emission vehicle that does not require any compromise. The fuel cell
was developed right here in British Columbia, and a forward-thinking
approach combined with supportive governments have helped establish an
ideal environment for its continued development. Our new facility
brings together the development with the manufacturing for the first
time, and represents a major step towards the commercialization of this
About Mercedes-Benz Canada
Mercedes-Benz Canada is responsible for the sales, marketing and service
of the four brands within the Mercedes-Benz Group in Canada:
Mercedes-Benz, smart, AMG, and Maybach. Headquartered in Toronto,
Ontario, Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc. employs approximately 1,300 people
in 19 locations across Canada. Through a nationwide network of 13
Mercedes-Benz owned retail operations and 40 authorized dealerships,
Mercedes-Benz Canada sold 32,914 vehicles in 2011, the best year ever
reported for Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.
Image with caption: "Mercedes-Benz Canada today celebrated the completion and official grand opening of the world's first automated automotive facility dedicated to the production and production technology development of fuel cell stacks. (CNW Group/Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120621_C3206_PHOTO_EN_15488.jpg
Image with caption: "Mercedes-Benz Canada today officially opened the world's first facility dedicated to the production and technology development of fuel cell stacks in Burnaby, B.C. (From left to right) Klaus A. Berger, Vice President, Mercedes-Benz Canada Fuel Cell Division, Dr. Dieter Steegmuller, Production and Materials and Operations Head of Fuel Cell, Daimler, Prof. Dr. Herbert Kohler, Vice President Group Research & Sustainability; Chief Environment Officer, Daimler, Tim A. Reuss, President and CEO, Mercedes-Benz Canada, Pat Bell, B.C. Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, John W. Sheridan, President and CEO, Ballard Power Systems, Dr. Ian Potter, Vice President Engineering, National Research Council of Canada. (CNW Group/Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120621_C3206_PHOTO_EN_15489.jpg
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