Riding back on the fifth anniversary of its domestic BharatBenz truck business, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) announced Brakes India, Motherson Sumi Systems and National Engineering Industries the supplier awards at its annual Supplier Meet, with a focus on technology, safety and environment.
An estimated 500 top representatives of DICV’s Tier-I suppliers took part at the eighth edition of the event. What is more, for the third time, the German auto major also honoured the best of best suppliers that have provided outstanding contributions to its growth in the domestic and export business.
Erich Nesselhauf, MD & CEO, DICV 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 instance of perfectly orchestrated cooperation, referring to the BS-IV transition in India earlier this year, Nesselhauf said, “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 DICV Supplier Award 2017 was in four categories such as Excellence in Partnership, Excellence in Performance and Excellence in Innovation and Exemplary Project Management. In the first category, Brakes India Private Limited, part of the TVS Group bagged the award, while the other nominees for this award included Apollo Tyres Limited and Spicer India Private Limited.
In the second category, auto component major Motherson Sumi Systems was the winner, while the other nominees were MM Forgings Limited and Autotech Industries India Private Limited. In the third category, National Engineering Industries Limited became the winner, while the other nominees included Tenneco Automotive India Private Limited and Wabco India Limited. In the fourth category, Jamna Auto Industries Limited wo the award, while the nominees were Bhavani Industries ad Harita Seating Systems Limited (TVS Group). In addition to that DICV Supplier Award 2017, Special Category went to Kirolkar Ferrous Industries.
There are around 350 vendors who supply various parts to DICV. Thanks to the high localisation in excess of 85% – on some models even more than 90% – the vast majority of the suppliers are Indian firms. A significant number of DICV’s suppliers have also captured opportunities to become glob 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 American and Latin American through DICV’s parts consolidation centre.
Daimler India Commercial Vehicles is a wholly owned arm of Daimler AG, Stuttgart, Germany. DICV is a full-fledged commercial vehicle player in the Indian market. The company currently manufactures and sells above nine to 40 tonnes trucks for the Indian volume market, under the brand BharatBenz.
Less than five years after its market foray, more than 55,000 BharatBenz trucks were handed over to patrons, an unprecedented ramp-up in the Indian commercial vehicle industry. Under its bus division, DICV makes and sells 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 achieved in june 2017, less than four years after the start of exports. DICV’s state of the art manufacturing facility at Oragadam, near Chennai spreads over 400 acres and was inaugurated in 2012. The site is also home to DICV’s headquarters and R&D operations, and features a highly modern test track. DICV has an overall investment of Rs.5,000 crore.