Valmet Automotive to build Mercedes-Benz A-Class vehicles in Finland image

Daimler awarded Finnish car manufacturer Valmet Automotive a contract to build more than 100,000 of its Mercedes-Benz A-Class compact cars from 2013 to 2016 at the Uusikaupunki facility.

“Our new compacts are so popular with our customers that the Rastatt and Kecskemet plants are fully utilized,” Daimler’s management board member in charge of manufacturing and procurement, Wolfgang Bernhard, said in a statement.

“We will even switch to three-shift operations in Rastatt this fall. We thus signed Valmet as an experienced production specialist who will provide us with additional A-Class capacities as of 2013.”

The new A Class will hit international markets in mid-September.

On July 15, 2008 Valmet Automotive announced an assembly contract with Fisker Automotive. The company started manufacturing the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid sports sedans in 2011.

Also, Valmet will build 300 SUVs for Marussia Motors this year.

Saab-Valmet was established in 1968 as a joint venture of Valmet and Saab-Scania.