Powertrain Restructuring At Daimler Trucks

Posted on July 29, 2011

Daimler Trucks has announced a significant realignment of its powertrain production operations that is intended to enable the company to respond better to the global growth of freight traffic. The new structure will be managed by a new corporate department in Stuttgart, Germany, and will encompass a production network for all powertrain and component locations and products. The new structure will go into effect on Oct. 1.

“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,” said Andreas Renschler, the Daimler board member responsible for Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses. “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.”

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).

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.

As of Oct. 1 new location managers will be responsible for business operations at Daimler Trucks’ powertrain production facilities in Germany, reporting 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.