Groundbreaking ceremony for a new siding in Jawor: in the future, the batteries from Mercedes-Benz will be transported sustainably by train 

  • On 30th August, representatives from the Wałbrzych Special Economic Zone and Mercedes-Benz AG performed a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony.
  • The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2023, with the first rail transports starting in 2024.

Five months after the signing of the agreement between Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Poland and the Wałbrzych Special Economic Zone “INVEST-PARK”, the construction of a railway siding and transshipment platform for the Mercedes-Benz factory in Jawor will begin. The project will be financed by WSEZ and MBMPL, with the cost estimated to come in at tens of millions of zloty.
The investment includes the construction of a railway siding in the south-western part of the economic zone, Jawor / DSAG S3 sub-area, and a logistics centre at the Mercedes-Benz factory in Jawor. The siding will be connected to railway Kędzierzyn Koźle – Kamieniec Ząbkowicki – Legnica. A logistics centre will be built within a 2.6ha area, intended for the transportation of lithium-ion batteries from Jawor to the Mercedes-Benz factories all over the world. By the beginning of 2024, the majority of plant deliveries and finished product transport systems will have been shifted from road to rail.

Striving for neutrality in terms of CO2 emissions has been our goal from the very beginning of the factory in Jawor. The plant is powered by 100% renewable energy. The next step in reducing CO2 is within the area of logistics. Thanks to the new railway siding, we will minimize road transport to and from the factory. Together with the Wałbrzych Special Economic Zone, we are taking another step towards the sustainable development of our production and distribution – says Aleksandra Łukasiak, CEO Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Poland.

The Mercedes-Benz factory in Jawor is a technologically advanced production site for highly efficient four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, as well as batteries for Mercedes-Benz plug-in and electric hybrids and Mercedes EQ models. The plant has been producing plug-in hybrid batteries for the C, E and S-Class since 2020, and last year expanded its range to include battery systems for Mercedes-EQ electric compact SUVs.

The symbolic Groundbreaking’ ceremony for this new investment with the construction of a siding and transshipment platform marks the start of the next level of our plant expansion. It highlights another step towards reducing CO2 emissions, this time in the area of logistics at the same time. We are planning to have significantly minimized road transport to and from the factory already in two years – says Elke Pusskeiler, Vice President Supply Chain Management and Technical Service, Mercedes-Benz AG.

This is the largest investment of this type in the history of the Wałbrzych Special Economic Zone “INVEST-PARK” and one of the most strategic railway infrastructure projects in this part of Poland – emphasises Piotr Wojtyczka, Prezes Zarządu WSSE.

The Mercedes-Benz plant in Jawor is an important part of the Mercedes-Benz Powertrain production network. The factory was designed from the outset as a CO2-neutral factory and thus plays a pioneering role within the framework of the sustainability goals of Mercedes-Benz AG: A nearby wind farm supplies the production facilities with energy. The Jawor site relies on modern facilities and innovative Industry 4.0 technologies on a production and logistics area of around 250,000 square meters and is an important employer in the region.