FRANKFURT -- Daimler AG has has appointed the long-serving CEO of Mercedes-Benz South Africa, Hansgeorg Niefer, to take over as head of a Mercedes engine plant in Berlin, effective May 1.
As the the automaker's oldest operating facility, the Berlin plant manufactures car engines and transmission components. Beginning in 2012, it will also produce electric motors for Mercedes-Benz hybrid vehicles.
Martin Zimmermann, currently head of Daimler strategy and alliances, will replace Niefer as CEO of Mercedes-Benz South Africa starting May 1.
Mercedes sold 22,300 new cars in South Africa last year, up 16 percent from 2009. The automaker built 52,000 units of the C class in its South African factory in East London last year. The plant is one of four global production plants for the C class.
In Berlin, Niefer will succeed Thomas Uhr, who took on a new assignment in powertrain development at Daimler at the beginning of March.