100 Things You Should Know About Daimler | #11
The sun never sets at Daimler
To prevent any confusion about the astronomical facts, let’s clarify one point before we begin: It goes without saying that the sun sets every day in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim, casting a wonderful rosy glow over the Mercedes-Benz Museum, the Mercedes-Benz plant, the Daimler Group Headquarters, and the nearby vineyards.
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Still, while people in Stuttgart have to turn on the lights, the day for our colleagues somewhere else has just begun — for example, at Mercedes-Benz New Zealand in Auckland. On the North Island of New Zealand, it’s ten to twelve hours later than in Germany, depending on the season.
Daimler’s subsidiaries operate on every continent, and thus in (almost) every time zone. That’s why there’s always bright daylight in one or another Daimler location out there in the wide world. This becomes glaringly obvious on any summer day: When it’s 10 a.m. in Stuttgart, it’s already 8 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz New Zealand, 5 p.m. at FUSO in Japan, and 1:30 p.m. at Daimler India Commercial Vehicles in Chennai. And at the very same time, our colleagues at Daimler Trucks North America in Portland, Oregon are still enjoying their well-earned nightly rest at 1 a.m.
So from a purely chronometric perspective, the truism that clocks tick somewhat differently at different locations is absolutely correct. However, if you’ve just about to miss a deadline, suddenly the time is the same everywhere: five minutes to midnight.