With the realignment of its powertrain production operations, Daimler Trucks is making further progress in its Global Excellence Strategy. The pooling of synergies in the field of powertrain products will enable Daimler Trucks to respond better to the global growth of freight traffic.

Under the overall management of Stefan Buchner, powertrain production operations will focus much more strongly on products and functionality. The new structure will be managed by a new corporate department in Stuttgart and create a production network for all powertrain and component locations and products. It will have a high level of standardization to boost quality and efficiency worldwide. The new structure will go into effect on October 1, 2011.

The new Production Powertrain Trucks unit will encompass all of Daimler Trucks’ production locations for powertrains and components worldwide. The previously locally run units will be combined to form a global network to be managed by Hermann Doppler, who is currently responsible for the engine plants in Mannheim, Detroit, and São Bernardo do Campo (Brazil). The new structure will enable a better implementation of globally uniform production standards, thus improving the company’s flexibility when reacting to demand fluctuations worldwide.

Another new unit is Product Platforms and Quality Powertrain Trucks, which will be managed by Matthias Gründler, who is currently responsible for Global Procurement Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses. In his new position, Gründler will mainly be responsible for managing the powertrains’ entire product lifecycle, implementing globally uniform quality processes, and contributing to the development and rollout of a global modular powertrain system and a module strategy for Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses. These measures will reduce the complexity of powertrains, enable quality to be improved, and further boost efficiency.

Beginning on October 1, 2011, new location managers will be responsible for business operations at Daimler Trucks’ powertrain production facilities in Germany. These managers will report to Hermann Doppler. In the future, operations at the Mannheim engine plant will be managed by Dr. Christoph Siegel, while Dr. Matthias Jurytko will be responsible for the plant in Gaggenau, and Ludwig Pauss will handle all of the business operations of the Kassel plant.

The structure of Global Procurement Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses will remain unchanged, and the unit will be headed by Dr. Holger Steindorf, who is currently responsible for Global Transmission and Axle Production at Daimler Trucks.

The field of Global Product Planning Daimler Trucks will remain unchanged in its structure and organization, and will continue to be directed by Werner Thurner.

“The step we are now taking with powertrains will enable us to respond more quickly and efficiently to our competitors in the global commercial vehicle business. The restructuring and close integration of global production operations will create the conditions we need to further strengthen our position as the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer,” says Andreas Renschler, the Daimler Board of Management Member responsible for Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses, regarding the realignment of powertrain production.

Source: Daimler AG