Daimler announced it will add a third shift at its Rastatt facility in Germany beginning next week.

The automaker took the decision to add a third shift after demand for the new Mercedes-Benz A class has increased reaching 70, 000 orders since June. This model is of utmost importance for Daimler which plans to overpass BMW and Audi and regain leadership.

“We have expanded our full-time work force by 500 permanent staff and are now well positioned to deliver the cars to our customers as soon as possible,” said Rastatt plant director Peter West in a statement on Tuesday.

Last month Daimler announced it plans to cut production at the Sindelfingen plant because sales of the Mercedes-Benz cars have decreased in China and Europe. The automaker said it has a costs saving plan of about 1 billion, which does not include job cuts. Currently production lines at the Sindelfingen facility are affected and the management and labor representatives are negotiating shift plans. As no agreement could be reached concerning the shifts in the fourth quarter, the automaker has called in mediators to come up with a solution.

“We are however looking at demand and will adjust our output to keep stocks at the optimum level,” said a Daimler spokesman.


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