We had big plans…

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…and achieved them - together with you. Most of the time, we at Daimler AG are looking to the future. But here and now we want to look back - on the past year, on the cooperation with you, our partners: on supplier days around the world, on our joint innovations in our vehicles and on "the unparalleled change in our corporate culture in Daimler's long history," in the words of Dieter Zetsche.

Strengthen the base, drive change

Our worldwide flexible production network is the basis for a profitable core business. At supplier days in Moscow, Istanbul and Birmingham (Alabama) we communicated with you and showed how we live our global orientation. Award ceremonies are also international business for us: There were awards for the best suppliers in Brazil und Indonesia. At the Learning Academy in East London (South Africa), we are training young and established employees for technical professions – practical and on site, thanks to the cooperation with Kuka Roboter GmbH.

From vehicle manufacturer to mobility provider

In 2017, the topics of connectivity, autonomous driving, sharing and electromobility (CASE) picked up steam for us significantly. Old and new partners are at our side in the process. Such as Robert Bosch GmbH, with whom in a development cooperation we have pioneered fully-automated and driverless driving in an urban environment. One of the biggest start-up accelerators Plug and Play establishes connections to think tanks around the world for us. At electronics trade fairs, such as CES in Las Vegas and KES in Korea we scouted out new suppliers. And with Fuso eCanter we showed that we can also do electronics in a truck.

Turned upside down

It is clearly noticeable among the colleagues of proQ (procurement intelligence) that a new wind is now blowing in some areas of our company. The IT project is working internationally, agile and in close contact with the suppliers on a new purchasing system. Important futuristic topics were also dealt with in an unconventional way at me Convention in Frankfurt: New Creation, New Leadership, New Realities, New Urbanism and New Velocity – derived from CASE topics.

Celebrating success together and saying “Thank you”

Our strategic partners and key suppliers can look forward to an exciting evening on February 28, 2018. For the tenth time already, we are proud to be honoring the best of you with the Daimler Supplier Award – this time at the Mercedes-Benz Customer Center Sindelfingen.

 

Of course our thanks go out to all partners. Without you we would not have managed all of this. Thank you for making 2017 such a successful year for us!

 

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year on behalf of our employees as well.
To our cooperation in 2018!
Sincerely,

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Date:
Dec 18, 2017
Author:
Dr. Sabine Lutz, Dr. Marcus Schoenenberg, Dr. Klaus Zehender
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