Today the production facilities of MAN Truck & Bus at its main plant in Munich are state-of-the-art. 2015 the 60th jubilee of the plant is celebrated.
Many people associate MAN with Munich because it has been headquartered there since 1986 but its roots are not in the Bavarian state capital. They are in the Ruhr region, Augsburg, and Nuremberg. It was not until the post-war period that Munich became a key site for MAN.
After the Second World War, its commercial vehicle arm thrived in the Wirtschaftswunder era that followed. The end of the 1950s saw the Nuremberg site stretched to its capacity limits as a result of the great demand. Further expansion in Nuremberg was not possible and so new suitable premises had to be sought.
Following the war, the US Army had set up the “Karlsfeld Ordnance Depot” on the former premises of BMW AG’s aero engine plant in the Allach district of Munich. American military vehicles were maintained and repaired there. This meant that the expertise and staff required to enable and hurry along the setup of a new MAN site were already available. The Executive Board members of M.A.N. at the time, especially Otto Meyer, considered establishment of a site in Munich a good opportunity to expand the commercial vehicle business in the long run and thus to open up significantly better development opportunities for this production area. So M.A.N. bought the premises from BMW for 28 million deutschmarks. Several hundred workers from Munich were trained at the Nuremberg plant without delay and more employees and machines were brought down from Nuremberg. The first truck rolled off the assembly line in the new Munich plant on November 15, 1955. One year later, over 3,000 vehicles had been produced.
Pictures MAN Truck & Bus AG Historisches Archiv
The truck production facilities in Munich today: it is primarily the heavy-duty series that are produced here.
Several 10,000 trucks are produced at the main plant in Munich these days. In addition to production of the TGS and TGX heavy truck series, driver’s cabs, and drive axles, Munich is also home to the headquarters of MAN Truck & Bus. In 2013, the first trucks with the new Euro 6 engines rolled off the assembly line – the new generation of trucks at MAN.
Powerful movement, smooth manoeuvring and safe braking: the new MAN TGX D38 shows what it’s made of in heavy-duty transport, boasting up to 640 hp, up to 3000 Nm of torque and up to 900 kW of braking capacity.