DaimlerChrysler Truck Group: Further Improvement of Development and Production Structure Worldwide
May 19, 2006
  • Another step forward in the implementation of the Global Excellence Program
  • Two new units: “Truck Product Engineering” and “Truck Powertrain Operations & Manufacturing Engineering”
  • Andreas Renschler, Board of Management member responsible for the Truck Group: “We intend to create more synergy effects between our truck brands and significantly increase our profitability”
Led by Andreas Renschler, the DaimlerChrysler Truck Group is taking another strategic step forward by enhancing its organizational structure. Major changes will include a closer focus on vehicle engineering activities and the consolidation of large-component production and production planning worldwide. The current “Truck Product Creation” (TPC) unit will be restructured within the Truck Group in order to ensure even more rigorous implementation of the Global Excellence optimization program. The company expects the restructuring to generate considerable synergy potential, particularly in terms of the modular strategy for sharing components in all Truck Group brands. The new structure will take effect on August 1, 2006.
“As the global market leader, we are restructuring the Truck Group to generate even more synergy effects between our truck brands and to significantly increase our profitability,” said Renschler, the member of the DaimlerChrysler Board of Management responsible for the Truck Group. “I firmly believe that the optimized organizational structure will give us an excellent basis for continuing to deliver a strong performance in the future.”
In January of this year, DaimlerChrysler announced its New Management Model, which is designed to further improve the company’s competitiveness. With this restructuring in mind, the Board of Management decided to focus the truck business within the Truck Group. Since then, the vans and buses businesses have been managed directly.
Within the new Truck Group structure, the Truck Product Engineering development unit will be responsible not only for the three development centers in Stuttgart, Portland and Kawasaki but also for the integrated development of large components. Whereas the development center in the U.S. will concentrate on conventional cab trucks, the European development center will focus on medium-duty and heavy-duty cab-over-engine trucks and the Japanese development center on light trucks. In this way, it will be possible to better exploit synergy potential in the early phase of product creation and thus further promote the implementation of the modular strategy. Georg Weiberg, who is currently head of Development at Mercedes-Benz Vans, will assume responsibility for the Truck Product Engineering unit.
The production of large components worldwide is being consolidated within the Truck Powertrain Operations & Manufacturing Engineering unit, which will also be responsible for production planning at the vehicle and large-component plants. The goal is to continue to promote the exchange of large components in the Truck Group’s worldwide production network following the massive expansion of such activities in recent years. Dr. Michael Dostal, who is currently the manager of the Mercedes-Benz truck plant in Wörth, will become head of Truck Powertrain Operations & Manufacturing Engineering.
“The main aim of these restructuring measures is to consolidate processes across all our truck brands in each region,” said Renschler.
Martin Daum, head of the Unimog Special Vehicles & Controlling Trucks Europe/Latin America unit, will succeed Dr. Michael Dostal as the manager of the Mercedes-Benz truck plant in Wörth.
Dr. Gerald Weber, previously head of the Truck Product Creation (TPC) unit, will not be available to serve in the new organization and will be leaving the company at his own request as of July 31, 2006.
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