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Old 11-15-2003, 03:50 PM
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the strangest thing I noticed was employees still smoking on the assembly line In october 02
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Awesome report.
Hope to visit someday soon.
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Very Interesting Thread

As a new forum member here and a potential SL500 purchaser I found Blue SL's article a great read and it reminded me of something funny.
In 1979 I was doing the backpacking thing around Europe thing and having a great time. I was in Munich for Oktoberfest and decided to tour the BMW plant there. The tour was about 3 hours long with a lunch break. The guide asked if there were any questions and I said that I noticed that most of the workers were drinking beer from spill proof cups refilled by women on little golf carts and I said that drinking on the job - especially a factory job is not allowed in the US. The guide preceded to tell everyone that beer was declared a nutritional necessity in Bavaria in the year 1613 or somewhere around that and that Germans were able to consume lots of beer with no decline in their quality of work. I then said that I had noticed that most of the workers seemed to be Turkish - she just smiled and shrugged her shoulders all of which got a big laugh out of the crowd. I wonder if they still drink beer on German assembly lines in this enlightened year of 2005?
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As a new forum member here and a potential SL500 purchaser I found Blue SL's article a great read and it reminded me of something funny.
In 1979 I was doing the backpacking thing around Europe thing and having a great time. I was in Munich for Oktoberfest and decided to tour the BMW plant there. The tour was about 3 hours long with a lunch break. The guide asked if there were any questions and I said that I noticed that most of the workers were drinking beer from spill proof cups refilled by women on little golf carts and I said that drinking on the job - especially a factory job is not allowed in the US. The guide preceded to tell everyone that beer was declared a nutritional necessity in Bavaria in the year 1613 or somewhere around that and that Germans were able to consume lots of beer with no decline in their quality of work. I then said that I had noticed that most of the workers seemed to be Turkish - she just smiled and shrugged her shoulders all of which got a big laugh out of the crowd. I wonder if they still drink beer on German assembly lines in this enlightened year of 2005?

YES! So I have been told by recent European Delivery visitors to the BMW factory.
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YES! So I have been told by recent European Delivery visitors to the BMW factory.
Battle buddy and i are going to "Stutgart" tomorrow and I'll make sure that I pay attention to the workers, and the beer
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Old 06-13-2009, 12:57 PM
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Factory was closed But I did get to visit the MB Museum, and the dealership next door. All in all it was a good time.

I might go to the Porschse museum on Monday. I really have enjoyed my time here in Germany. I am trying to get an assignment here
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Much thanks for a most interesting post. Having had the opportunity to watch the C Class assembly last summer when I was in Sindelfingen to pick up an SL at the European Delivery Center, it was not difficult to see each step as you described it. Are there regulary scheduled factory tours in Bremmen or only special groups? You mention that the CLK is also assembled in Bremmen. I understand that the new cabriolet version is outsourced (to Karmann?). Are body shells, however, made in Bremmen and shipped out for the final assembly of the cabriolets? The reason I ask this is in the British press there appears to have been reported a noticeable difference in build quality between the CLK coupes and CLK Cabriolets, with the latter much improved in that department.
By the way, an SL body takes 16 hours in the body plant to make, has 5500 spot welds. The completed car takes 8 - 10 days from start to finish and has 12500 parts.

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Old 11-02-2009, 12:14 PM
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It's the wrong thread for this question, but northbenz post quoted just above (from 2003) refers to the last generation CLK convertible. They were, indeed, assembled at Karmann and when the last one rolled off the line late this summer, Karmann shuttered their doors and laid off their workers. VW is now negotiating to buy the assembly plant, which is still closed. So where will the E-cabriolet be assembled? Magna-Steyr?
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The grindings and old tools are collected for re-cycling and the huge emphasis on the environment in the plant means that more than 95% of waste from the production process and more than 60% of general waste is re-cycled.
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I did the factory tour in Sindelfingen a couple of weeks ago, when i was there to pick up my E550 coupe. Here i thought they made it there only to find out they make the E Coupes at the Bremen plant.
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I did the factory tour in Sindelfingen a couple of weeks ago, when i was there to pick up my E550 coupe. Here i thought they made it there only to find out they make the E Coupes at the Bremen plant.
Picked up the car on the 18th of June. Our factory tour was at the S-class production facilities.

One of the visitors was from Canada, another one from the US (Denver, Colorado if I remember right). Anyone from the forum?
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Wow! The experience must have been amazing!
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A great write up of the tour. Thanks for sharing it.

I've toured the US plant in Alabama. Interesting and certainly worth the time, but apparently not as close up as you get in the European plant tours.
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