New boss for Sprinter plant


Michael Hellmann, 52, currently Head of MBC Engineering & Manufacturing Beijing Benz Automotive Co., Ltd. at Daimler Greater China in Beijing (pictured), will take over management of the site and production at the Mercedes-Benz Düsseldorf plant on 1 January 2021.

He takes over from Dr Armin Willy, 57, who is “will be leaving the company after more than 20 years at his request on 1 February 2021.” says Mercedes-Benz Vans.

“We are in a comprehensive transformation and are very happy that we have been able to persuade Michael Hellmann to support us. We will benefit in particular from his experience in production control in an international environment and in cooperation with various plants,” says Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.

“In Michael Hellmann we are welcoming a very internationally experienced colleague to head our plant in Düsseldorf. His wide-ranging knowledge in the production environment and his experience from the Passenger Car unit, along with the positions he has held abroad, mean that he is perfectly qualified to develop the plant and take it into the future,” adds Dr Ingo Ettischer, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans Global Operations.

Michael Hellmann started at what was then Daimler-Benz AG in 1988 as part of his vocational university degree course. Following several positions as a planning and operating engineer at our Rastatt and Sindelfingen plants, from 1998 onwards he took on various management functions in production and planning at the Brazilian location of Juiz de Fora. In 2002 Hellmann returned to Germany as Head of Production Planning at the Bremen plant. At the Bremen site he was then responsible for a series of different assembly and logistics units. Since 2017 he has headed Engineering & Manufacturing at our passenger car production location in Beijing.

“I am very much looking forward to my new role as the Plant Manager at the Mercedes-Benz Vans plant in Düsseldorf and to working with the highly motivated team. The plant has a very strong position in the international production network and represents the management of complexity, a competent team and the highest quality. We will continue working to ensure that we meet our customers’ requirements,” says Michael Hellmann.

As the Plant Manager at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Düsseldorf, Michael Hellmann will be responsible for operations. He is also the on-site representative of Mercedes-Benz AG and therefore the face of the company in the region. In his new function he will drive forward further development at this location.

Following various management roles in the supply industry, in 1999 Armin Willy joined the then Daimler-Chrysler AG at the Sindelfingen plant as Head of Finish, Large-Scale Production. Alongside various further management roles his tasks there included responsibility for Production, Press Plant and C-Class and E-Class assemblies successively. In 2009 he took over as Head of Quality Management at the Tuscaloosa site. Following a further position at Mercedes-Benz Cars Quality Management in Sindelfingen, in March 2016 he moved to Düsseldorf, where he has been the Plant and Production Manager of the plant ever since.

“We thank Armin Willy for the trusting cooperation and his commitment in the past years, in which he has further extended the strong position of our plant and not least effortlessly led the team through all the challenges at the site. We wish him all the best for the future,” says Ingo Ettischer.

Armin Willy, Plant Manager for the Mercedes-Benz Düsseldorf plant: “I would like to thank the entire Düsseldorf team wholeheartedly for the excellent and constructive cooperation. The passion and professionalism with which the Sprinter is built here day in, day out, has inspired me and filled me with enthusiasm every single day. The plant is on an outstanding footing for the future and I am sure that it will continue to develop further over the years.”

About the Mercedes-Benz plant in Düsseldorf

The Düsseldorf Mercedes-Benz plant, established in 1962, is the world’s largest van plant of Mercedes-Benz AG. A production area of round 188,000 square metres (body shop, paint shop and assembly) encompasses the manufacture of the closed model designations of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter – the founder of the large van segment. Production of the new Sprinter in Düsseldorf began in March 2018.

Altogether, well over four million vans have been produced in Düsseldorf to date. As of December 2019 the Mercedes-Benz eSprinter is produced in Düsseldorf. With over 6100 employees and around 145 trainees, the plant is one of the biggest industrial employers and trainers in the region.

Mercedes-Benz AG at a glance

Mercedes-Benz AG is responsible for the global business of Mercedes-Benz Cars and Mercedes-Benz Vans with over 173,000 employees worldwide. Ola Källenius is Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG.

The company focuses on the development, production and sales of passenger cars, vans and services. Furthermore, the company aspires to be leading in the fields of connectivity, automated driving and alternative drives with its forward-looking innovations.

The product portfolio comprises the Mercedes-Benz brand with the sub-brands Mercedes-AMG, Mercedes-Maybach and Mercedes me – as well as the smart brand, and the EQ product and technology brand for electric mobility. Mercedes-Benz AG is one of the largest manufacturers of premium passenger cars.

In 2019 it sold nearly 2.4 million cars and more than 438,000 vans. In its two business divisions, Mercedes-Benz AG is continually expanding its worldwide production network with over 40 production sites on four continents, while aligning itself to meet the requirements of electric mobility.

At the same time, the company is developing its global battery production network on three continents. Sustainable actions play a decisive role in both business divisions. To the company, sustainability means creating value for all stakeholders on a lasting basis: customers, employees, investors, business partners and the society as a whole.

The basis for this is the sustainable business strategy of Daimler in which the company takes responsibility for the economic, ecological and social effects of its business activities and looks at the entire value chain.

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