Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA)
Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of global Daimler AG. The company's manufacturing plant is based in East London and has been building vehicles for over 60 years. Today MBSA manufactures Mercedes-Benz C-Class cars in right-hand drive for the local market and in left-hand drive for export to the United States.
It also produces Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles and buses, Mitsubishi FUSO trucks, and assembly of Freightliner trucks, a leading American brand. The company also imports, distributes and markets other Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, trucks and vans as well as smart cars; and Western Star trucks. MBSA headquarters are located in Zwartkop/Pretoria.
At the Mercedes-Benz East London plant, more than 2 400 employees produce on average over 40 000 vehicles per year. Over the past five years this manufacturing plant has been recognised for its consistently high levels of quality manufacturing. It has won various international J.D. Power and Associates awards and the Synovate customer surveys locally. In 2010 the plant was given the Platinum Award as the "best car manufacturing plant in the world" in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey conducted in the US among over 84 000 new car owners. The company is both a key automotive player and a social partner.
It has played a significant role in industrial and corporate socio-economic transformation, and continues to do so today. This is borne out by the fact that it is at present the leader in the automotive sector in BBBEE at a Level 4 contributor rating, that it maintained its corporate social investment spend in excess of R20 million per annum, despite the recession, and that it is a leader among its peers in skills development, employee health and well-being programmes, as well as in employee benefits.