Overall winner at the first attempt – following on from the habitual success in motorsport, the Mercedes-AMG performance and sports car brand has now pulled off a similar victory in the area of production: the AMG hand-built engine production facility at the company’s headquarters in Affalterbach is 2019’s “Factory of the Year”. With this coveted title, bestowed by A.T. Kearney, the specialist journal “Produktion” and SV Veranstaltungen, a jury of experts rewarded the work of the engine Manufaktur (hand-finishing section) in Affalterbach. The new AMG four-cylinder high-performance engine M139 is built on a new production line here. With an output of up to 310kW (421 hp), the completely newly developed 2.0-litre engine is the world’s most powerful turbocharged four-cylinder in series production. On board the A-Class, CLA and CLA Shooting Brake compact models, it enables performance and driving dynamics on a par with high-caliber sports cars.
The selection procedure in the “Factory of the Year” competition, which has been staged annually since 1992, is very strict and covers various stages spanning several months. Manufacturing companies from any sectors can take part by entering a factory or a business unit. The size of the workforce should be at least 100. In the first stage, the participants receive a highly comprehensive questionnaire, requiring them to provide quantitative and qualitative information relating to typical performance data of the factory on all topics along the added-value chain. On the basis of these key figures, the leading group of participating companies is identified and visited by an experienced A.T. Kearney audit team. The competition’s jury which includes renowned experts from the fields of industry and science, subsequently chooses the winner by reference to the questionnaire and the findings of the on-site visits.