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CES 2019: Mercedes-Benz Cars, Procurement & Supplier Quality

Identify new technologies and get them into cars as quickly as possible. That was the mission of the Innovation Scouts of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Procurement & Supplier Quality at CES in Las Vegas.

‘Electronic innovations from all over the world can be seen at CES,’ says Wilko Stark, Member of the Board of Management Mercedes-Benz Cars, Procurement & Supplier Quality. ‘Our task is to identify interesting technologies and together with our suppliers bring them into our cars as quickly as possible’. For this Stark travelled with a team of buyers and quality engineers to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Mission: Innovation scouting. First of all, see what new ideas the business partners have developed. These will not necessarily be presented in front of the brightly lit exhibition stand, but rather in the areas behind it. In the rooms with restricted access and no photography allowance. Trends this year: Connecting what can be connected, autonomous driving, 8K image resolution and the new 5G mobile communications standard.

In recent years, CES has increasingly become a motor show. Nevertheless, they are still there: the inventors, the tinkerers, the visionaries. 1,200 start-ups presented a firework of ideas at the Eureka Park Marketplace. It is the fate of many ideas that they are first smiled at. But our world is changing faster and faster, and you should be on board when the innovation train leaves the station. That’s why the innovation scouts at Mercedes-Benz Cars, Procurement & Supplier Quality, were always on their toes.

How Wilko Stark, Member of the Board of Management Mercedes-Benz Cars, Procurement & Supplier Quality, personally experienced CES 2019 in Las Vegas, can be seen here:


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