Winners in the Workshop of the Future

BBAC Supplier Day 2019 in Shenzhen

Shenzhen, China. One of the fastest growing cities in the world. This is where the BBAC Supplier Day 2019 took place. For seven suppliers, there was a trophy.

When you talk about the economic dynamism and innovative power of China, you can’t help but talk about this city. Shenzhen. Also called the “Workshop of the Future”. Huawei – China’s leading technology group and one of the largest smartphone manufacturers and network equipment makers in the world – has its headquarters here. And Tencent as well, the provider of WeChat, the app with more than a billion users. Shenzhen, a special economic zone from 1980 to 2018. One of the fastest growing cities in the world. 50 years ago it was a sleepy city with 20,000 residents, mainly fishers and farmers. Now, around 13 million people live in this neighbor city of Hong Kong. Supplier Day 2019 of Daimler Joint Venture Beijing Benz Automotive (BBAC) took place in the boomtown of Shenzhen in May. Over 500 guests came for the presentation of the BBAC Supplier Awards.

BBAC Supplier Day 2019 - Opening ceremony
Opening ceremony of the BBAC Supplier Day 2019.

“Our future is digital, flexible, and green”, said Arno van der Merwe, President and CEO of BBAC. A high level of environmental sustainability is a goal that we all have to work on together. Marcus Grund, Executive Vice President Daimler Greater China, Mercedes-Benz Cars, Procurement & Supplier Quality, confirmed the great innovation power of the Chinese market: “We can improve our cost position with your innovative ideas”, he said, praising the Chinese suppliers in his speech.

Seven suppliers had a special reason to celebrate in Shenzhen. They each received a winning trophy. Among the suppliers for manufacturing materials, the BBAC Supplier Award in the category of “Quality” went to AGC Automotive China. Beijing Beiqi Mould & Plastic Technology received the award for “Partnership”. The award for the category of “Innovation” went to China United Network Communications Group. These three winners were among suppliers of non-production material: Huawei Technologies (Quality), Beijing Automotive Industry Imp & Exp (Partnership), and Siemens Factory Automation Engineering (Innovation). Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems celebrated receiving the Special Award.

Beijing Benz Automotive Co., Ltd (BBAC), a joint venture between Daimler AG and Chinese partner BAIC Motor, has produced Mercedes-Benz cars since 2005, and engines as well since 2013. BBAC has more than 11,000 employees. Again in 2018, China was the largest sales market in the world for Mercedes-Benz vehicles. With more than 650,000 units, the new record was achieved yet again in 2018 with the sales figures and two-digit growth of more than 11 percent. In accordance with the “Made in China, for China” strategy, more than 70 percent of the Mercedes-Benz models delivered in China were manufactured locally. Daimler and BAIC are continuing to expand local manufacturing with BBAC. With a joint investment of over RMB 11.9 billion (about 1.5 billion EUR), BBAC will prepare to operate a second production location in Beijing’s Shunyi District, in addition to its established local production hub in the Yizhuang industrial park. China is booming, not only in Shenzhen.

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May 17, 2019
Rasmus Muttscheller