Suppliers in the Golden Sphere

BBAC Supplier Day 2018 - Hangzhou/China

Hangzhou, China, Hotel Intercontinental. 2016 site of the G20 summit. 2018 in the golden sphere the BBAC Supplier Day took place. Seven suppliers received an award.

It is hard to be more noticeable. The Hangzhou golden sphere stands out clearly from the skyline of the 9.5 million population city 200 kilometers southwest of Shanghai. The golden sphere houses the Hotel Intercontinental. 395 rooms, three restaurants, two huge conference centers. In 2016, the heads of government of the major industrialized and emerging countries gathered here for the G20 summit. In July, the Supplier Day 2018 of the Daimler joint venture Beijing Benz Automotive (BBAC) took place here. 700 guests attended workshops and the presentation of the BBAC Supplier Awards.

BBAC Supplier Day - group photo
Finale of the BBAC Supplier Day in front of the golden sphere.

“Increasing digitization demands that we be more flexible and drive innovation even faster”, said Arno van der Merwe, President and CEO of BBAC. The cooperation is to be further expanded, as it is planned to manufacture additional Mercedes-Benz models in China. Including electric vehicles from the brand EQ. “Go green!”, is one of the messages from Marcus Grund, Executive Vice President of Daimler Greater China, Mercedes-Benz Cars, Procurement & Supplier Quality: “Environmental protection is more than a phrase”. Environmentally sound and sustainable management must be firmly anchored in the corporate values. Regardless of whether at car manufacturers or suppliers.

Seven suppliers were in the limelight in Hangzhou. They received the BBAC Supplier Award. Among the suppliers of production material, the winner who received the Supplier Award in the category “Quality” was: Hella China. LiangHen Industry was awarded for “Partnership“. The BBAC Supplier Award in the category “Innovation” went to Tianjin Iljin Automotive Systems. These three winners were among suppliers of non-production material: Leadac (Quality), China Capital Star Logistics (Partnership) and Shanghai SK Automotive Technology (Innovation). The Special Award for Production Insurance was handed over to Beijing BHAP Lear Automotive Systems.

Beijing Benz Automotive Co., Ltd. (BBAC), a joint venture between Daimler and its Chinese partner BAIC, has been producing Mercedes-Benz passenger cars since 2005 and engines since 2013. China last year was once again Mercedes-Benz’s largest single market, with an increase of 25.9 percent and 587,868 Mercedes-Benz vehicles sold. Local production of around 430,000 units accounting for more than two thirds of total local sales. The BBAC plant in Beijing became the largest Mercedes-Benz passenger car production plant worldwide in terms of output and size in 2017. Employing over 11,500 staff, BBAC’s portfolio includes the long-wheelbase C-Class and E-Class, GLA, and GLC vehicles. The new long-wheelbase A-Class Sedan will be the fifth model to be localized at BBAC within this year, and the first model from Mercedes-Benz’s EQ brand is scheduled to roll off production lines locally there by 2019.

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Feb 29, 2020
Rasmus Muttscheller