Shortly after the earthquake and the tsunami hit Japan, Daimler quickly provided emergency assistance in form of a €2 million cash donation. In addition Daimler is also sending 50 Daimler vehicles worth about €4 million to Nippon Foundation, a Japanese aid organization with headquarters in Tokyo, to support the rebuilding process. The vehicles are to be used primarily to support assistance and clean-up operations in the northeastern part of the country that was devastated by the tsunami.

Andreas Renschler, member of the Daimler AG Board of Management responsible for Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses, said, “When we saw the images from Japan we immediately realized that we have to support the local population, our almost 13,000 employees in Japan, and the Japanese government as quickly as possible with heavy-duty equipment and other types of material assistance. We’re happy that with these support measures we can help the people of Japan. The global presence of Daimler is an advantage for us here, because we can access the locally produced Fuso trucks at short notice, besides sending Mercedes-Benz trucks and G-Class vehicles to Japan.”

Albert Kirchmann, CEO and President of Fuso and representative of the Daimler Group in Japan, commented, “As a globally operating company, we also feel at home in Japan, and we want to participate in the rescue and assistance measures following the devastating earthquake and the catastrophic tsunami. I’m proud that we will be able to hand over 50 urgently needed Mercedes-Benz and Fuso vehicles to the Japanese Nippon Foundation in such a short period of time. In this way we are helping to speed up the restoration of the infrastructure.”
Takao Suzuki, Chairman of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), added: “Daimler and MFTBC have always maintained strong ties over the years and their German-Japanese collaboration has proven its worth. As we face one of our country’s most difficult crises, we are glad that we have a partner like Daimler at our side, who can quickly and unbureaucratically provide us with know-how, financial support, and vehicles.”

And Nicholas Speeks, Head of Mercedes-Benz Japan Co., Ltd (MBJ), said: “Mercedes-Benz has a strong and lasting relationship with Japan and MBJ is a responsible member of this society. With deep respect and appreciation to the Japanese people who have supported us over the years, we are determined to overcome the difficulties together by doing whatever we can do to assist in the recovery effort.” Further more Mercedes-Benz Japan and Mercedes-Benz Finance will contribute a part of their sales revenue to Japanese Red Cross.

Daimler believes that this situation calls for its expertise in transport mobility. That’s why it’s supporting the rescue operations by donating 50 Daimler vehicles from Fuso and Mercedes-Benz. The vehicles include eight Mercedes-Benz Zetros trucks, four Mercedes-Benz Unimogs, and eight Mercedes-Benz G-Class off-road vehicles. Thirty Fuso Canter trucks from Japan are also included. The vehicles will be serviced in Japan by the respective Mercedes-Benz and Fuso service workshops. The Mercedes-Benz vehicles will be freight forwarded tomorrow (April 13, 2011) at the Stuttgart Airport in two cargo aircraft type Antonov-124. All 50 vehicles will begin operating in this area in two weeks at the latest.

Thanks to their large payloads, Mercedes-Benz and Fuso vehicles are ideal for the distribution of aid materials and the support of clean-up operations. And because of their very high agility and good off-road performance the vehicles will be able to travel reliably to all locations.
The management, the General Works Council and the executives’ committee of Daimler are together organizing a fundraising campaign in response to the willingness of employees to donate money for their Japanese colleagues and the Japanese people in general. So far more than 10,000 Daimler employees in Germany have participated and donated more than half a million Euro. The collected money goes to the German Red Cross, which will forward the donations to the Japanese Red Cross.

Source: Daimler AG