Valmet Automotive has started series production of the Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV at its Uusikaupunki plant in Finland.

"The GLC project is the most ambitious for Valmet Automotive ever, and we wish to thank Daimler for their trust and Valmet Automotive's personnel who ultimately made all this possible," said Valmet Automotive CEO, Ilpo Korhonen.

"Thanks to their expertise, we believe this is another step in a long, evolving co-operation between Valmet Automotive and Daimler."

For his part, S, E and C-Class Mercedes-Benz Cars head of production, Andreas Kellermann, added: "Working with a production specialist like Valmet Automotive is an important factor in our global production strategy at Mercedes-Benz Cars.

"We have set ambitious targets for the GLC contract and Valmet Automotive delivered in any aspect."

As well as investment, production of the Mercedes-Benz GLC requires a considerable number of new employees.

 Valmet Automotive will recruit more than 1,000 new carbuilders this year. With the current campaign, Valmet will hire 500 new carbuilders for the Uusikaupunki plant.