Wanted: Suppliers for the Big Boys of Daimler Trucks
Truck suppliers from all over the world gathered together in Wörth on March 16. The occasion was the Supplier Day on the next HDEP engine platform of Daimler Trucks. The project is still in the early stages. Currently, the search for suitable suppliers is still going on - and there is no shortage of interested candidates.
Mercedes-Benz Actros, Freightliner Cascadia, Mercedes-Benz Arocs. The vehicles lined up in rows in the event hall of the Wörth Customer Center already indicated: Here, it’s about something big. To be exact, the focus of the HDEP Supplier Day was on the next engine generation for heavy-duty trucks (Heavy-Duty Engine Platform, for short, HDEP). Procurement, Research & Development and Platform Management are currently looking for suitable suppliers who can work on the development of the platform in close partnership with the company. In line with this, they invited selected representatives to Wörth. The suppliers talked with the managers, were given project details and had a chance to tour the production of the biggest truck assembly plant of Mercedes-Benz trucks.
Don’t miss this opportunity
Wolfram Schmid, Head of Product Platforms, Quality Management and Sales Truck Powertrain, reported on the development of Daimler Trucks in recent years. A decisive factor for the market leadership: the HDEP engine. The current generation has been covering the heavy-duty segment of 10.7 to 15.6 l and 240 to 460 kW since 2007. The engines were successively rolled out in the Triad and in off-highway products in recent years. “The HDEP engine has brought us a decisive step forward on the way to becoming a global player,” said Schmid in his speech.
Daimler Trucks will use the established module strategy for the “next big thing”, the new HDEP engine platform, as well. The success story of the heavy-duty HDEP model series is to be continued. The directors of Procurement, Research & Development and Platform Management Carsten Breckner, Henrik Stebener and Andreas Gorbach, urged the suppliers to contribute their ideas. The message to those present was “Don’t miss this opportunity to take part.”
A varied program
In the afternoon, project managers and suppliers spoke about their wishes and expectations of each other in individual meetings. In addition, Daimler representatives from different units provided information on the project status. They met at market places with information screens and engine exhibits. Many suppliers also took the opportunity to tour the biggest truck assembly plant of Mercedes-Benz trucks during their visit. In Wörth, as many as 470 Mercedes-Benz trucks designed to suit customer requirements leave the assembly line every day. Their clients are located in more than 150 countries.
It was clear: The interest among suppliers is great. At the Supplier Day, many of them stressed their desire to continue developing the current HDEP generation together with Daimler Trucks. The final choice of supplier will be decided in the next stages of the project.