22 October 2015

The Mercedes-Benz Kassel plant and K+S support the German Red Cross (DRK)

“Mobile clothes distribution service” to help refugee aid efforts

The Mercedes-Benz Kassel plant and K+S Aktiengesellschaft have teamed up on a joint project to support the German Red Cross, district chapter Kassel-Wolfhagen, with their refugee relief efforts. The German Red Cross has been donated the use of a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van for an initial period of one year. Mercedes-Benz and K+S have agreed to share the operating costs for this "mobile clothes distribution service". Ludwig Pauss, plant manager at the Mercedes-Benz Kassel plant, and Norbert Steiner, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of K+S Aktiengesellschaft, conducted the official handover of the vehicle today, Thursday, 22 October. "We are delighted to have taken delivery of this Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, which now plugs a gap in our operational response capabilities," said Manfred Wölfert, Chairman of district chapter Kassel-Wolfhagen of the German Red Cross.

"As soon as we learned of the difficulties they were facing, we were more than happy to provide assistance as quickly and efficiently as possible," said Ludwig Pauss. "By teaming up with K+S, we are endeavoring to do our bit to meet the challenges posed by the massive influx of refugees." Kassel Regional Council drew our attention to this problem. "We place great importance on supporting refugee relief efforts through practical and tangible projects," said Norbert Steiner, Chairman of the K+S Board of Executive Directors. "The mobile clothes distribution service is one such project which materialized as a result of successful cooperation with the Mercedes-Benz Kassel plant."

Numerous refugee shelters have popped up in and around Kassel in recent months which will now be able to be supplied by the mobile clothes distribution service. It will ensure that donated clothes will, with the aid of volunteers on the ground, end up on the backs of people who need them most. Although the German Red Cross has a substantial fleet of vehicles at its disposal, its entire fleet is currently in use, the bulk of which are being utilized to conduct refugee relief operations. "The Mercedes-Benz sprinter van, which Mercedes-Benz und K+S have provided us with, is a welcome addition to our fleet as it is just the type of vehicle which has been missing from our fleet to enable us to collect and distribute large amounts of donated clothing," said Wölfert.

The Mercedes-Benz Kassel plant and K+S Aktiengesellschaft are both actively involved in and supporting other ongoing relief efforts in the communities where their sites are located.

About K+S

K+S is an international resources company. We have been mining and processing mineral raw materials for 125 years. The products we produce from them are used worldwide in agriculture, food and road safety and are important elements in numerous industrial processes. Potash and salt are integral nutrients for the megatrend of a constantly growing and increasingly prosperous global population striving for a higher standard of living. This will result in increasing consumption of mineral resources. We serve the resulting growth in demand from production sites in Europe, North America and South America as well as through a global distribution network. K+S is the world’s largest salt producer and one of the top potash providers worldwide. With more than 14,000 employees, K+S achieved revenues in financial year 2014 of about € 3.8 billion and an EBIT of € 641 million. K+S is the commodities stock on the German DAX index. Learn more about K+S at www.k-plus-s.com.

About the Mercedes-Benz Kassel plant

The Mercedes-Benz Kassel plant is the largest European manufacturer of commercial vehicle axles. The location, which serves as the central production point for axles for Daimler AG Trucks and Buses, is the global lead plant. The Mercedes-Benz plant in Kassel produces complete systems solutions for a very wide range of commercial vehicle types, such as vans, trucks, buses and coaches or heavy-duty transporters, as well as axles for off-road vehicles, semitrailers, trailer units and drive shafts. The Kassel plant which is situated in northern Hesse, Germany, employs some 3,000 staff, including around 160 apprentices.

Your contact persons:

Ulrich Göbel
K+S Aktiengesellschaft
Phone: +49 561 9301-1722
ulrich.goebel@k-plus-s.com

Julia Löffler
Daimler AG 
Phone: +49 711 17 41552
julia.loeffler@daimler.com


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