Daimler AG honored twelve suppliers for outstanding performance in the past financial year with the 2013 Daimler Supplier Awards. Some 450 guests from the supply industry witnessed the sixth award presentation at the Mercedes-Benz Center in Stuttgart on February 27, 2014.
The company honors above-average performance once a year with the Daimler Supplier Awards. In working with its direct suppliers, Daimler follows its cooperation model, the Daimler Supplier Network. This model is based on the principles of performance and partnership. Performance is measured in terms of quality, cost, delivery reliability and innovative strength. The partnership between Daimler and its suppliers is based on trust and open communication. That includes the observance of sustainable business practices, which is intended to create incentives for the entire supplier base to steadily improve in existing and new markets. In his opening speech, Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, stressed the greater importance of the Daimler Supplier Awards in light of the above: “At the same time we celebrate a winning team – the world’s best supplier network. We thank our suppliers for their loyalty and dedication.”
The award, a trophy created by the Daimler design unit, was presented by members of the Daimler Board of Management and the heads of Procurement: Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Dr. Klaus Zehender, designated Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars responsible for Procurement and Supplier Quality; Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, Member of the Board of Management and Head of Daimler Trucks & Buses; Dr. Marcus Schoenenberg, Head of Production Materials Procurement Commercial Vehicles; Wilfried Porth, Member of the Board of Management, Human Resources and Director of Labor Relations & Mercedes-Benz Vans; and Wendelin Wolbert, Head of Non-Production Materials Procurement. Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management, Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, showcased the latest innovations at Daimler and presented the “Special Award for Innovation” for the touchpad in the new C-Class.
Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard explained the global opportunities and challenges in the commercial vehicle business and emphasized the importance of close cooperation between Daimler and its suppliers: “We intend to further expand our technological leadership. To do so, we continue to need innovative and reliable partners who have good ideas and together with us define the cutting edge of technology.”
“The close and trustful collaboration with suppliers and service providers has been an indispensable element of our success for many years. So it is important for us that our suppliers adhere to comparable social standards as we do,” said Wilfried Porth during the awards presentation.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber commented on the Special Award for Innovation: “The touchpad of the new C-Class is as easy to operate as a smartphone. It also allows hand-written commands to be entered in many languages and provides clear tactile feedback. A milestone towards truly intuitive use!”
The winners of the 2013 Daimler Supplier Awards are:
Hengst SE & Co. KG
Honored for the water/oil modules of the new Mercedes-Benz engine generation as well as for the strong motivation and great effort invested in implementing the modular component concept worldwide.
ISRINGHAUSEN GmbH & Co. KG
Honored for outstanding achievement in the area of truck seats in conjunction with successful international expansion activities, in particular in the US and India.
Honored for the outstanding modular technology of the switch and control panels in conjunction with pronounced customer orientation.
T.RAD Cc, Ltd
Honored for innovative manufacturing concepts for heat exchangers with a global production and distribution network.
Carcoustics International GmbH
Honored for outstanding achievements in the area of their NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) components and especially for their solution-oriented, pragmatic cooperation.
Honored as “Best New Supplier” for top performance in the area of aluminum die-castings (powertrain), combined with a high qualification level of the staff and a dedicated management team.
MA s.r.l. (Magnetto)
Honored for especially great flexibility and reliability in the body shell field. Magnetto is responsible for the complete outer skin of the
C-Class in South Africa.
Honored as rising star in the lighting segment for innovative, expert development centers and flexible, efficient production facilities.
Honored for outstanding achievements in the area of plant engineering and machine construction.
Oliver Schrott Kommunikation GmbH
Honored as the lead agency for automotive public relations for the world premiere/presentation of the new S-Class.
Voith Industrial Services Automotive
Honored for innovative solutions, great dedication and outstanding expertise in the area of technical and infrastructure-related facility management.
Honored for the innovative touchpad in the new C-Class.