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Kiefel reports the completed delivery of machines and tools designed to produce doors for the new Mercedes C-Class.
Mercedes-Benz and JCI, the latter as a Tier 1 supplier, rely on Kiefel’s expertise when it comes to foil-laminate finishing, and also for the subsequent procedures of edge-folding and hot-riveting. The laminating procedure is furthermore enhanced to include an in-mould graining process, in order to obtain an aesthetically high standard of surface-grain finish.
“Mercedes, working in cooperation with its Tier 1 Supplier JCI, is thus the latest major car manufacturer to opt, in the last few months, for our high-tech approach to – and valuable experience in – the production of interior-trim components,” comments a clearly-satisfied Thomas J. Halletz, Kiefel’s CEO, on this order worth several million euros: “Mercedes-Benz will be building the new C-Class in the United States, South Africa, China and the Czech Republic. Our long experience and worldwide network leave us well-equipped to meet this challenge, and able to offer the best-possible support for a simultaneous global production startup.”
Kiefel has already proven its competence in this area over the past year, with the delivery to BMW’s works in China, Germany and South Africa, as part of the BMW 3 Series Project, of plant equipment designed for the production of door-trim elements.
The new Mercedes C-Class will be available from 2014.