The basis for all awards is collaborative partnership. Around 450 strategic partners and key suppliers were invited. The awards were presented by representatives of the Daimler Board of Management and Procurement Heads.
Ola Källenius: Meeting decarbonization targets together with suppliers
“Daimler is on the path towards sustainable mobility. With climate protection being a key aspect of the sustainable business strategy, all of our divisions have set ambitious decarbonization targets. Together with our suppliers we are actively promoting the implementation of these targets,” said Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG. “By presenting the sustainability award for suppliers, we are highlighting the significance of sustainability throughout the value chain.” Källenius presented the award in the Sustainability category and paid tribute to the recipients, Statkraft Markets GmbH and Brembo S.p.A., for their contribution to carbon reduction.
Markus Schäfer: We expect courageous impulses with inspiring visions in all areas
The inspiration award was presented for the first time to suppliers who made a significant contribution to new product development approaches through their inspiring visions. Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, Procurement and Supplier Quality, presented the prize for the first time in the category “Inspiration”. The recipients were Amazee Labs AG and LG Electronics Inc. Schäfer said: “ In order to fulfill our role as innovation and technology leader in the future, we also expect courageous impulses with inspiring visions in all areas from our partners. Together we are creating groundbreaking mobility solutions that are in line with our social, environmental and economic targets.”
Martin Daum: Delivering top quality to our customers remains unchanged
Top quality is a crucial criterion, by which partners contribute to the premium promise of the Daimler brands. Martin Daum, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck AG, paid tribute to the prizewinners in the “Quality” category. Daum said: “The age of electric mobility has begun and is bringing about a great number of changes for the entire sector. Delivering top quality to our customers remains unchanged. For this reason we continue to rely on strong partners, with whom we can maintain this customer promise in future,” said Daum.
Wilfried Porth: Innovative and sustainable technologies are key to success
Innovation is a crucial factor, which the company drives forward in close alliance with its supplier network. Wilfried Porth, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Human Resources and Director of Labor Relations & Mercedes-Benz Vans, who presented the Daimler Supplier Award in the “Innovation” category, said: “Innovative and at the same time sustainable technologies are the key to Daimler’s commercial success. Whether it is customer-oriented digitalization or sustainable solutions, with our supplier network we launch innovative products and services even faster.”
The procurement heads were the evening’s hosts
The heads of procurement, Gunnar Güthenke, Andreas Burkhart and Marcus Schoenenberg were the hosts of the 12th Daimler Supplier Award. They said about the Event:
“Now professionals, cool minds and partnership-based collaboration are more in demand than ever. Especially during the transformation phase of the automotive industry, a close, partnership-based dialogue with our suppliers is crucial for success. Today we came together with our 450 top partners for an open and constructive dialogue. Thanks to the good performance of our suppliers, contributing that Mercedes-Benz Cars set a sales record for the ninth year in a row.”
Dr. Gunnar Güthenke, Vice President Procurement & Supplier Quality Mercedes-Benz Cars, Mercedes-Benz AG
“With the Daimler Supplier Award, we recognize our suppliers for their outstanding performance. The focus for us is on trusting partnership, innovative ideas and efficient, sustainable solutions. A close partnership is particularly important in economically challenging times.”
Andreas Burkhart, Vice President International Procurement Services, Daimler AG
“Firstly, the Daimler Supplier Award is a global industry event, with 10 award trophies, 30 participating nations, and 150 minutes full of insights into our strategic work. Secondly, it is a meeting of the creative power of 450 highly-motivated partners, who, with their professional expertise and pure passion, work with us to put the topics of tomorrow on the road.”
Dr. Marcus Schoenenberg, Vice President Global Procurement Trucks & Buses, Daimler Truck AG