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Mercedes Races Threat of Gas Rationing by Making Extra Parts

  • Automaker sends extra Germany-made components to China, US
  • Company in talks with suppliers over production locations
The Mercedes-Benz factory Untertuerkheim in Stuttgart.

The Mercedes-Benz factory Untertuerkheim in Stuttgart.

Photographer: Thomas Kienzle/AFP/Getty Images

Mercedes-Benz AG is stockpiling parts it makes using natural gas in a move to keep production going for several weeks even if Germany introduces drastic fuel rationing.

The German luxury automaker has produced extra parts made at its foundries in Untertuerkheim, which go into gearboxes, axles and transmission components to build up stockpiles at plants in the U.S. and China. This will allow carmaking operations in Alabama and Beijing to keep going even if a shortage of natural gas in Germany forces operations in the country offline, according to Mercedes-Benz production chief Joerg Burzer.