7.5 Million Engines at the Mercedes-Benz Mannheim Plant - (Germany)
July 15th, 2008
* Milestone engine is an OM 501 with BlueTec diesel technology
* Engine to be installed in a Mercedes-Benz truck for the Spedition BORK freight-forwarding company
Mannheim – The Mercedes-Benz Mannheim plant marked a milestone on June 13, 2008 when it produced the 7.5 millionth engine in its history. Hermann Doppler, head of worldwide truck engine production at Daimler AG, symbolically presented the milestone engine to Wolfgang Bork, managing director of Spedition BORK. The OM 501 series engine with BlueTec technology will be installed in a Mercedes-Benz Actros built in Wörth. It delivers 320 kW (440 hp) of power and already meets the criteria of the Euro 5 emissions standard, which will take effect in Europe in September 2009.
“In addition to the celebration of the 7.5 millionth engine produced in Mannheim, this year also is the 100th anniversary of the Mercedes-Benz plant at Waldhof. And I am even more delighted to have the opportunity to hand over the milestone engine to Spedition Bork, a company with a great tradition dating back more than half a century,” said Hermann Doppler, head of worldwide truck engine production at Daimler AG, at the ceremony.
BlueTec, based on SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) technology, is one of the solutions available to ensure that commercial vehicles meet the Euro 4 and Euro 5 standards, and it also delivers impressive fuel savings. Compared to the previous Euro 3 standard, at least 80 percent fewer particle emissions and up to 60 percent less nitrogen oxide are emitted in the exhaust fumes. Mercedes-Benz trucks with BlueTec engines also use between two and five percent less fuel. If the average annual distance covered by long-distance trucks is 150,000 kilometres, this means fuel savings of between 1,500 and 2,000 litres per year, which greatly reduces the burdens on truck operators and the environment alike.
“Having your own fleet entails lots of responsibilities. This is why we make sure our vehicles are of the highest quality and offer best reliability. What’s more, the Mercedes-Benz engines stand for the highest levels of efficiency and environmental friendliness,” said Wolfgang Bork, managing director of Spedition Bork, in explaining why he chooses Mercedes-Benz trucks.
Spedition BORK was founded in 1951 in Langgöns – Niederkleen. Today Wolfgang Bork manages the family business, which uses only Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The company has 400 employees and its fleet includes more than 260 semitrailers and 400 trailers.