Daimler Supplier Award 2018

February 2019

About the Daimler Supplier Award

  • Once a year, Daimler presents the Daimler Supplier Award to honor above-average performance as well as partnership with ten suppliers over the past fiscal year.
  • Their performance is measured in terms of quality, partnership and innovation. In addition, economic efficiency, supplier loyalty and sustainable behavior are evaluated, based on trust and open communication.
  • Around 450 strategic partners and key suppliers from 30 nations were Daimler’s guests in the Carl Benz-Arena on Wednesday February 20, 2019.
  • The aluminum trophies, which were redesigned last year and weigh almost two kilos, were handed over by
  • Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars
  • Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG for Group Development and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development
  • Martin Daum, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG for Daimler Trucks & Buses
  • Wilfried Porth, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Human Resources and Director of Labor Relations, Mercedes-Benz Vans
  • Wilko A. Stark, Member of the Divisional Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Cars for Procurement and Supplier Quality
  • Dr. Marcus Schoenenberg, Vice President Global Procurement Trucks & Buses, Daimler AG
  • Andreas Burkhart, Vice President International Procurement Services, Daimler AG
  • The motto of this year's eleventh Daimler Supplier Award was: VISION. VENTURE. VALUE.
  • The three terms stand for the blueprint for commercial success:
  • VISION sets a clear path and forms the basis for strategic objectives and measures for Daimler employees, business partners and customers. It helps to focus on the most important issues and to achieve the defined targets.
  • VENTURE describes how Daimler is tackling this vision in tandem with partners. Change will not succeed without disruptive elements - and this applies to the future even more so than to the present. Entrepreneurship has to be rediscovered, risks have to be met with responsibly and chances have to be seized.
  • VALUE means that those who dare win. Assuming responsibility, taking risks and making an effort will be worthwhile. The synergy effects of a visionary, progressive partnership form an additional added value and are of use to all those who contribute.
  • The motto anchors the strategic focus in the future collaboration between Daimler and business partners. Among other things, suppliers will be more intensively encouraged to actively push ahead with the further development of transformation and digitization along with Daimler and to bring ideas on-board.
  • As last year, moderator Judith Rakers guided the audience through the program.
  • Following the ceremony, the guests had the opportunity to network and talk with their Daimler partners.

Quotes by Daimler’s Procurement Top Management 

  • Wilko A. Stark, Member of the Divisional Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Cars for Procurement and Supplier Quality:
  • „In the film industry it's the Oscar - for us it's the Daimler Supplier Award. The highest award given for best performance. I congratulate our winners Mubea, IAC and Corning for their outstanding work over the past year.”
  • “Procurement makes a significant contribution to the implementation of the CASE strategy at Mercedes-Benz Cars by working together with suppliers at a very early stage in the development of innovations. After placing an order for battery cells for 20 billion euros to safeguard our electric offensive, we are taking further steps forward with the transformation.”
  • “Our global supplier network makes an important contribution to value creation, quality and innovation. By means of early integration with continuous improvements along the value chain, it makes a decisive contribution to the overall business success of Mercedes-Benz Cars. In the future, we intend to make even greater use of our suppliers’ modular systems for parts that do not differentiate our brands.”
  • Dr. Marcus Schoenenberg, Vice President Global Procurement Trucks & Buses:
  • “With this award evening, we're also celebrating decades of joint success: Combining our expertise with those of our suppliers and in consequence to create the best Daimler trucks and buses. Thank you to our partners for their excellent contribution!“
  • “Whether digital Mercedes-Benz Actros outside mirrors, crankshaft housings for our commercial vehicle engines or turbocharger castings: Our Daimler Supplier Award winners have shown that it's worth the effort. The trusting cooperation over the years has created a real value contribution - for our suppliers, for Daimler and our customers.”
  • “Daimler Trucks is investing €500 million in the development of automated trucks over the next few years. We will achieve the next big truck upgrade through automation! We play a key role in shaping the path to this goal in procurement. We work together with our suppliers on solutions for the technical challenge of such innovations. These have a single purpose: to strengthen our customers in their competition!”
  • Andreas Burkhart, Vice President International Procurement Services
  • “With the Daimler Supplier Award, we honor suppliers with outstanding achievements in the past year. Furthermore, the event serves as an excellent platform for mutual exchange, fostering our supplier network and strengthening our partnership.”
  • “2018 was one of the most successful business years in the history of IPS. Our suppliers are significantly involved in this success. Only with strong partners at our side, high quality standards and innovative approaches, we are well prepared for the challenges of the future.”
  • “IPS and its suppliers take an active part in shaping the future of Daimler. Especially in times of disruption and change, it is important to deal with risks responsibly and to seize opportunities. Only on the basis of courageous decisions the upcoming transformation of the automotive world will become a business opportunity for all of us.”

Winners of the 2018 Daimler Supplier Awards

  • Awarded by Mercedes-Benz Cars Procurement and Supplier Quality

…in the quality category:

  • IAC. An interior specialist from the USA, supplying door panels. IAC successfully managed numerous ramp ups and delivered in top quality.

…in the partnership catogory:

  • Corning. Since more than 165 years, the US-company is innovator in materials science. The collaboration with Mercedes-Benz Cars was close and exemplary.

…in the innovation category:

  • Mubea. The owner-operated company from Germany supplies Mercedes-AMG with coil springs and stabilizers. Thanks to innovative lightweight technology the weight of the components was reduced by 20 percent.
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…in the quality category:

  • 5 years, 0 mistakes: HITCHINER Manufacturing Co., Inc. Awarded for delivering consistently outstanding and highly complex castings for turbochargers. Hitchiner casted the quality standard in one of a kind quality trucks.

…in the partnership catogory:

  • They made things happen: In 2018, by developing and delivering state-of-the-art crank cases in an extraordinary speed, Fritz Winter Eisengießerei made an early Start-of-Production possible. The result? They powered up the Trucks & Buses portfolio last year!

…in the innovation category:

  • The next level: The new Mercedes-Benz Actros is the first series production in the world to have digital rear view mirrors. Elegant, efficient and safe: MEKRA Lang pushed technology to the next level.
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…in the quality category:

  • Siemens AG. Awarded as an outstanding partner with a broad variety of highest-quality solutions in production worldwide, always looking for best solutions.

…in the partnership catogory:

  • thyssenkrupp System Engineering. Awarded as a long term partner, setting benchmark with the assembly line for the new battery for Daimler’s first electric vehicle EQC.

…in the innovation category:

  • APPSfactory GmbH. Awarded as a true enabler in the field of connectivity apps, providing services in the new A-Class.
  • Special award for innovation
  • RAPA receives the “Special Award”. Rausch & Pausch developed a unique electrohydraulic control unit. It can be experienced in the new Mercedes-Benz GLE technology “ E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL”.

Press Contact

  • Manager Global Business Communications Mercededes-Benz Cars Procurement & Sustainability
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