Daimler’s production boss says Factory 56 marks a milestone in car manufacturing (Photo: Daimler)

Daimler officially laid the foundation stone this week for what it called “the most modern” car production facility in the world.

The premium car group said its “Factory 56” plant in Sindelfingen, outside Stuttgart, will mark a new way of building cars.

“It is consistently digital and flexible - and it brings the term ‘green production’ to life,” Daimler’s head of production, Markus Schaefer, said at a ceremony.

The new plant will start making Mercedes-Benz cars, including electric versions, in 2020. Among models coming off the line at Factory 56 will be a new-generation S-Class as well as the first electric car to be sold under Daimler’s new EQ brand.

Daimler said the factory will feature new forms of man-machine cooperation and a range of digitally supported processes in logistics, quality assurance and other areas.

Industry 4.0 technologies that will be used include driverless transport systems, RFID tracking, and artificial-intelligence enabled predictive maintenance.

The plant will also be fully connected to Daimler’s global production network.

Power consumption will be reduced through a photovoltaic system on the roof. Daimler said this will lower annual electricity consumption by 5,000 MWh.