Mercedes-Benz is to create 1,000 new jobs at its truck plant in Wörth to cope with a bulging order book and demand for the new Actros which will begin rolling off the line at the end of next month.

Production is being ramped up after the workforce agreed to run special shifts almost every Saturday in the second half of the year.

Plant manager Yaris Pürsün said: “The hiring of up to 1,000 new employees marks an important step in our preparations for the production launch of the new Actros. We’ve been working at full speed on the production launch for months now, and it’s a huge challenge for the entire team.”

The new hirings will increase the plant’s permanent workforce; the facility is seeking staff for the production and logistics units. The first new employees will be taken on in September, and more will be added over the following months with the hiring process scheduled to be completed by spring next year.

The labour council said the positions will be filled both by new employees and granting permanent employment contracts to current temporary workers. Chairman Ulli Edelmann said: “It’s a good sign for the region around Wörth when new jobs are created, and it’s a good sign for our people in the factory when they see that the permanent workforce is being expanded.”

The plant management and the labour council at Wörth have also agreed on a package of measures that will create jobs for young people and places for an additional 100 trainees over the next four years.