New Suppliers? Welcome!


Commercial Vehicle Procurement decided to do the job properly in their search for new suppliers: 70 potential suppliers for engine, axle and transmission components were invited to the Mercedes-Benz Arena for the "slam".

Usually the crème de la crème of VfB fans follow VfB Stuttgart’s battle for promotion from their season boxes – at the Daimler Trucks Powertrain Potential Supplier Day, however, a different kind of battle was under way: In individual interviews, representatives from hand-picked suppliers faced the questions of a Daimler team consisting of Procurement, Supplier Management, Cost Planning and Development.The aim was to sound out possible collaborations. The suppliers were able to present their company and its products, while their competitors exchanged details with module teams at market stands about the respective material groups.

Become part of the “winning team”

“Playing in the Champions League is not easy, because every team wants to be better than your team,” explained Carsten Breckner, Director of Procurement Global Powertrain Trucks and Buses at the opening of the event. “At Daimler we are always looking for the best players and we therefore give potential suppliers the chance to be part of the ‘winning team’,” Breckner continued. At the end of a successful collaboration, the benefit could even be a coveted award: the Daimler Supplier Award.

Commercial Vehicle Procurement located possible new suppliers from Eastern Europe and other European countries for the big Powertrain project during their in-depth analysis lasting several months.Only companies that do not currently work or do not work directly for Daimler Trucks Powertrain were invited as guests.

From individual parts and classic cars to flag ships

Daimler displayed engine, axle, and transmission components on tables and big monitor screens in the elegant atmosphere of the Business Center in the Mercedes-Benz-Arena, presented current product projects and invited participants to visit the Mercedes-Benz Museum. Apart from the OM 471 FE1 engine, the G211 transmission, and the R440 rear axle, visitors could take a look at the Freightliner and Mercedes-Benz flag ships Cascadia and Actros.

Daimler is asking all suppliers to submit a binding bid by the middle of February to make sure that we jointly develop into a successful team after this initial training session. “We hope that the flood of new information has not been too much for the participants,” said Jürgen Heckele, Head of Procurement Powertrain Engines. “This day enabled us to get to know many new suppliers,” Heckele continued. “We are looking forward to your bid – show us that you too play in the Champions League!“

Dec 12, 2016
Stefanie Schmid