Mercedes-Benz says it has “nearly completed” the construction of its new engine plant in Jawor, Poland, where it will build four-cylinder petrol and diesel units for hybrid as well as conventional vehicles.

The Stuttgart-based brand says its CO2-neutral factory – which will kick of production by the end of 2019 – will employ more than 1 000 people, which is double the number initially announced in 2017.

The reason for the extra 500 jobs? Well, the Daimler-back firmed says it made the move to “cope with high demand for its high-tech four-cylinder engines”, which will be supplied to plants around the world.

Mercedes-Benz says the different engine variants will be produced alongside their corresponding crankcases on “highly flexible lines”, enabling quick reactions to market demand. Some of the engines produced in Jawor will feature partial electrification using 48-volt technology.

All of the plant’s electricity will be obtained from “renewable energies” while the heating requirement will come via a power plant directly at the factory fence, which provides the energy from renewable raw materials.

The finished Jawor site will has a production area of 180 000 m², which is some 40 000 m² larger than initially planned, on a site of 50 hectares overall.