Both the new BMW 3 series and the new Mercedes C-Class feature a door-interior trim manufactured with forming and laminating units supplied by Kiefel GmbH, according to a press release from the group.
As the vehicles concerned are produced in various parts of the world, the machines ordered were required to be adaptable to the different needs of the countries involved. “Our advanced know-how and worldwide service network ensure that we are well-equipped to deal with such a challenge”, said company CEO Thomas J. Halletz.
For BMW, Kiefel has developed seven laminating machines which are used to make the door interior trim of the new 3 Series produced in Germany, South Africa and China. Each of these machines takes 80 seconds to produce a complete set of door interior trim components for a car. BMW’s worldwide operation manufactures two-and-a-half thousand 3 Series cars every day.
“After BMW, Mercedes, in cooperation with its TIER 1 supplier JCI, is the second large car producer in the last few months to have started using our machines for the producing of interior trim components”, said Mr Halletz, with respect to the order said to be worth several million Euro.
The car manufacturer ordered a total of six laminating units, which it uses to produce the door interior trims of the new C-Class. All of the machines have been equipped with an in-mould-graining tool developed by Kiefel. This reportedly provides a particularly smoothly-grained surface. Mercedes will soon be producing 2,200 vehicles of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class every day in its factories in Germany, South Africa, China and the United States. The new C-Class will be available from 2014.