DICV re­wards `ex­cel­lent’ sup­pli­ers

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Just weeks after the fifth an­niver­sary of its do­mes­tic BharatBenz truck busi­ness, Daim­ler In­dia Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles (DICV) held its an­nual sup­plier meet with a fo­cus on Tech­nol­ogy, Safety, and En­vi­ron­ment. The eighth edi­tion of the event saw par­tic­i­pa­tion of more than 500 top rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the com­pany’s tier 1 sup­pli­ers. For the third time, DICV also hon­oured its best of the best sup­pli­ers that have pro­vided out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the com­pany’s growth in the do­mes­tic and the ex­port busi­ness.

Erich Nes­sel­hauf, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor and CEO, Daim­ler In­dia Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles said, “Work­ing with the best part­ners is a pre­req­ui­site for our suc­cess. The ideal DICV sup­plier helps us ex­tend our tech­nol­ogy lead­er­ship and de­liver even more value to our cus­tomers, and is keen to pur­sue growth op­por­tu­ni­ties in ex­ports.”

As an ex­am­ple of per­fectly or­ches­trated co­op­er­a­tion, Nes­sel­hauf re­ferred to the BS-IV tran­si­tion in In­dia ear­lier this year: “With­out our sup­pli­ers’ sup­port, we could not have un­locked this kind of growth mo­men­tum with BS-IV and our all-new heavy-duty truck range. On be­half of DICV, I want to thank all our sup­pli­ers for their com­mit­ment and their con­tri­bu­tions to this suc­cess.”

The high­light of the Sup­plier Meet was the pre­sen­ta­tion of the DICV Sup­plier Awards 2017 by Nes­sel­hauf, Amit Sharma, Head of Pro­cure­ment, and Ralf Mun­ge­nast, Vice Pres­i­dent Sup­ply Chain Man­age­ment, in the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories:-

Ex­cel­lence in Part­ner­ship

Brakes In­dia Pvt Ltd (Win­ner); Apollo Tyres Ltd (Nom­i­nee); and Spicer In­dia Pvt Ltd (Nom­i­nee).

Ex­cel­lence in Per­for­mance:

Mother­son Sumi Sys­tems Ltd (Win­ner); MM Forg­ings Ltd (Nom­i­nee); Au­totech In­dus­tries In­dia Pvt Ltd (Nom­i­nee).

Ex­cel­lence in In­no­va­tion:

Na­tional Engi­neer­ing In­dus­tries Ltd (Win­ner); Ten­neco Au­to­mo­tive In­dia Pvt Ltd (Nom­i­nee); Wabco In­dia Ltd (Nom­i­nee).

Ex­em­plary Project Man­age­ment:

Jamna Auto In­dus­tries Ltd (Win­ner); Bha­vani In­dus­tries (Nom­i­nee); Harita Seat­ing Sys­tems Ltd (Nom­i­nee).

Spe­cial Cat­e­gory:

Kir­loskar Fer­rous In­dus­tries.

Daim­ler In­dia Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles’ sup­plier net­work in­cludes some 350 sup­plier part­ners. Thanks to a high lo­cal­i­sa­tion of more than 85%, on some mod­els even more than 90%, most of the sup­pli­ers are In­dian com­pa­nies. A sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of DICV’s sup­pli­ers have also cap­tured op­por­tu­ni­ties to be­come global sup­pli­ers within the Daim­ler group, ex­port­ing top-notch qual­ity within the scope of Daim­ler Trucks Asia to Ja­pan, and to other units of the Daim­ler group in Europe, North Amer­ica and Latin Amer­ica through DICV’s parts con­sol­i­da­tion cen­tre.

DICV is a full-fledged com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle player in the In­dian mar­ket. It cur­rently pro­duces and sells above 9 to 49 tons trucks for the In­dian vol­ume mar­ket, un­der the brand BharatBenz. Less than five years after its mar­ket en­try, more than 55,000 BharatBenz trucks were handed over to cus­tomers, an un­prece­dented ramp-up in the In­dian CV in­dus­try.

Un­der its bus di­vi­sion, the com­pany pro­duces and sells BharatBenz buses and Mercedes-Benz buses from its man­u­fac­tur­ing plant at Ora­gadam. Trucks, buses and bus chas­sis are ex­ported to more than 30 mar­kets in the Mid­dle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin Amer­ica.

The mark of 10,000 ex­ported trucks was crossed in June 2017, less than 4 years after the start of ex­ports. DICV’s state-of-the-art pro­duc­tion plant at Ora­gadam near Chen­nai spreads over 400 acres (160 hectares) and was opened in 2012. The site is also home to DICV’s head­quar­ters and R&D op­er­a­tions, and fea­tures a highly mod­ern test track. DICV has made an over­all in­vest­ment of more than Rs 5,000 crore.

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