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Mercedes SA boss heading for career in China

  • New manufacturing boss for Merc SA
  • Current incumbent heading for China
  • Praise for SA man’s leadership

EAST LONDON, Eastern Cape – Andreas Engling has been appointed CEO and executive director for manufacturing at Mercedes-Benz SA to take over from Arno van der Merwe.

Van der Merwe is moving to Beijing, China, to replace Peter Schabert who is retiring after 31 years with Daimler AG. The changes will become effective from April 1 2017.


Schabert has been president and CEO of BBAC since August 2015.

Hubertus Troska, Daimer AG management board member for Daimler Greater China, told The Corner in a media release: .”We reached one of our most significant milestones under Schabert – in 2015 China became the largest market for Mercedes-Benz cars.

“He continuously increased the capacity, productivity and flexibility of our plant in Beijing and we are deeply grateful for his commitment in Germany and in China and are now looking forward to collaboration with Van der Merwe.”

Markus Schäfer, a production and supply chain executive, added: “Van der Merwe will bring valuable inspiration to the joint venture in China thanks to his experience in South Africa. Beijing will benefit from his expertise and know-how as we increase our capacities and flexibility.”


Van der Merwe has held his post in South Africa since March 2014; until then he had been plant leader from 2011. Under his leadership the East London Mercedes plant has seen productivity increase and won six consecutive JD Power awards in the US market for quality excellence.

He has been with the South African operation since 1996.

Engling has been with Daimler for more than 30 years and is head of engine production at Daimler’s Unterturkheim plant in Germany. Before that he was CEO of MDC Power, a subsidiary of Daimler AG. He told The Corner through a media release:

“I’m excited about this opportunity to lead the East London plant further on its path of quality and productivity excellence. I look forward to working with all stakeholders in the Mercedes-Benz SA group of companies and building on the rich heritage of the company’s 65 years in the country.”

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