The words “downsizing” and “efficiency” may be popular words in the auto industry these days, but some automakers are still not giving up in building monster V-12 engines. Count Mercedes-AMG in this group. In fact, demand for its V-12s is so strong that the company has decided to move the assembly of these engines to Daimler’s site in Mannheim, leaving behind its current space in Affalterbach.

The decision to shift the production of V-12s to Mannheim comes at a time when a significant number of Mercedes’ upper echelon models are powered by the V-12. Models like the SL65, S65 coupe and sedan, and the G65 all have the same V-12 engines under their respective hoods. Even Aston Martin and Pagani, to name a few, outsource these engines for their own models. Given the popularity of these models in the market today, it’s important for Mercedes to supply its customers with these models as fast and as efficient as they can. Moving the production of these engines to Mannheim will go a long way in accomplishing that.

According to Mercedes, AMG technicians who have all adopted the “one man, one engine” mantra to build these V-12 engines will continue to uphold the same philosophy. In effect, the engines will still be built since Mercedes-AMG has plenty of use for them. It’s just going to be built in a different facility, one that has more space for these engines to be built compared to the space technicians had to work with back in Affalterbach.

That said, the departure of the V-12 production in Affalterbach also frees up some space in that facility. Mercedes-AMG is expected to use that available space to expand its own production of V-8 engines.

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Mercedes-AMG Will Build V-12 Engines In Mannheim
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I can see why this is a big deal, even though some people I’ve talked to don’t understand it. According to them, Mercedes is transferring the production of its V-12 engines from one address to another. That’s it.

Granted, there are some people who might find this a little problematic, particularly those who are worried that changing facilities could lead to a drop in production quality. If it’s already working fine in one place, why move to it another? Seems like messing with something that already works, right?

The answer to that is space. Given the popularity of these V-12s, it’s important for Mercedes to meet the production demand for models that use the V-12s. Apparently, keeping it in Affalterbach won’t be enough to meet those demands so the decision was made to move it to a facility that had more space to accommodate the production. Technicians who have been assembling the V-12 engines in Affalterbach won’t be part of the move. Instead, they’ll move on to V-8 production while a separate assembly line, will be set up in Mannheim for the V-12 engines from AMG.

Everything about the engine, including that “one man, one engine” philosophy will be retained so its not like a lot of things will change now that the production will be done in a different address. Besides, Mercedes-AMG has already set a precedent for this. Remember, production of its turbocharged four-cylinder engines is done by MDC Power GmbH, a Daimler subsidiary in Kölleda, Germany. There hasn’t been any problems building these engines in a remote location so there’s no need to be worried about the same setup being prepared for the V-12s.

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Press Release

Due to strong demand for its high-performance automobiles, Mercedes-AMG is to start the assembly of its twelve-cylinder engines in a new location at Daimler’s site in Mannheim. The traditional AMG “one man, one engine” philosophy continues to hold true: Each powerful AMG engine will be built completely by hand by just one engine fitter. The employees who currently assemble the twelve-cylinder engines at the AMG headquarters in Affalterbach will be shifted to the eight-cylinder engines lines.

Mercedes-AMG Will Build V-12 Engines In Mannheim
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Mercedes-AMG will use available capacities at the Daimler site in Mannheim to expand its engine production: Assembly of the V12 biturbo engines will start there in February 2016. “Due to the strong demand for our automobiles, our production capacities at the Affalterbach engine production facility are fully utilized,” stated Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “Supplying our customers as fast as possible is highly important to us. We do not have any possibilities for expansion in Affalterbach at present, so we have decided to transfer the assembly of the twelve-cylinder engines to the Daimler site in Mannheim.”
In Affalterbach, production of the V8 engines will be expanded in the space freed. The employees who have until now assembled the V12 engines will be working at the V8 production. A separate assembly line will be set up in Mannheim for the V12 engines from AMG. The site there will be renovated and prepared for the new requirements.
As at the AMG site in Affalterbach (production of V8 engines) and the Mercedes-Benz engine facility MDC Power in Kölleda, Thüringen (production of four-cylinder engines), each engine will be assembled by just one mechanic also in Mannheim. The modern layout in Mannheim will be perfectly adapted in terms of logistics and ergonomics to the AMG manufacturing principle of “one man, one engine.”

Mercedes-AMG Will Build V-12 Engines In Mannheim
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Each engine fitter vouches for quality and exclusivity with his or her signature, which is displayed on a plate affixed to the engine. The in any case highly qualified employees from Mannheim have been trained for their new tasks for several weeks in Affalterbach.
The twelve-cylinder engines will continue to be developed at the AMG headquarters in Affalterbach. They are used in the high-performance automobiles Mercedes-AMG S 65, S 65 Coupe, G 65 and SL 65.

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