Daimler and Magna – Moving Strongly into The Future Together


Collaboration between the Daimler AG and its suppliers still involves working together to develop improvements for products and processes. Under these conditions, the employees in Supplier Development are collaborating with selected supplier partners of Daimler Trucks under the label of "Cost Oriented Supplier Development (COSD)" in the strategic area of Procurement Trucks and Buses.

High production depth, complicated parts, complex production processes – this is the era of supplier developers. For over 20 years, strategists from the commercial vehicle purchasing sector have been helping selected suppliers stay competitive over the long term. In 2016, this meant simplifying processes and reducing costs at Magna Steyr Fuel Systems GmbH.

The positive synergistic effects achieved through this partnership increase our competitiveness and serve as an important basis for continued collaboration between both companies over the long term.

Horst Fetzer, Project Manager at Magna Steyr Fuel Systems GmbH

Bird’s eye view: The production line at a glance.

The supplier developers devote an entire week to familiarizing themselves with all the processes on site. The video camera is also used to document the production processes in detail. The videos that are created help consultants to identify dependencies in the production processes and to use this information to generate ideas for optimization. In this process, the video recording is viewed repeatedly in an ongoing effort to reduce costs by simplifying processes.

A significant factor in achieving excellent project results was open and constructive collaboration throughout the project.

Manuel Schulz,Project Manager at COSD Daimler AG

The main improvements were achieved in welding processes and the movement sequences of the robots.

Employees who contributed to process optimization reduced the cycle time for the tank production line at Magna by 25%. They also increased production output for exterior bottom panels and baffles in the pressing plant.

After the press-in operation in the press plant the surge plates arrive at the ejection station.

The supplier developers also carefully examined the product itself. This allowed them to develop several measures to simplify technical aspects of the tank. For example, the number of tread brackets on the catwalk was reduced from eight to four and they were replaced by rubber buffer elements. Assuming the test is successful, the tread will be welded rather than screwed on in the future.

Switching suppliers also significantly reduced material costs for the drain connection for the fuel tank.

What characterizes the procedure for supplier developers? Optimization measures made it possible to substantially reduce overall costs in different areas. Ultimately, this is a win-win situation that puts both Daimler and the supplier in a competitive position for the future.

May 04, 2017
Stefanie Schmid