Daimler and Mercedes-Benz have a network of over 100 suppliers. Some of their principal suppliers include Thyssenkrupp, Eagle Ottawa, Inteva Products, Carcoustics, Nemak, Johnson Electric and ZF Lenksysteme.
Daimler AG is one of the most successful multinational automotive companies worldwide. The original partnership of Daimler-Benz was formed in 1924. Daimler is located in Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. As of 2014, Daimler is ranked by total unit sales as the 13th largest auto manufacturer in the world and the second-largest truck manufacturer. Bus manufacturing operations form an important division of Daimler, providing substantial revenues for the company. Daimler has a separate division that provides financial services such as financing, leasing and fleet services.
Daimler owns outright, or has financial interests in, several auto, truck, bus and motorcycle brands outside of its own principal brand, Mercedes-Benz. Among these other brands are Freightliner, Smart Automobile, Thomas Built Buses, Western Star, Setra, Mitsubishi Fuso, MV Agusta, Denza, Beijing Automotive Group and Renault-Nissan Alliance. Part of its bus manufacturing Freightliner division, Thomas Built Buses, a 1998 Daimler acquisition in the United States, is one of the largest manufacturers of school buses in the world. Daimler briefly held a substantial interest in Tesla but sold its interest in the company in 2014.
Like other auto manufacturers, Daimler has focused most of its efforts at sales in emerging market economies, particularly the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China). Daimler has had significant success in establishing its Daimler Trucks division, the largest manufacturer of trucks over 6 metric tons gross weight in India, Turkey and Indonesia.
Mercedes-Benz has long been recognized for its technical excellence, and Daimler is involved in a number of strategic joint ventures to maintain its position at the forefront of automotive precision and technology. In 2015, the company announced a partnership with Qualcomm Technologies aimed at developing high-tech features expected to become standard equipment for cars. The partnership is initially focused on refining in-car technology for 3G and 4G connectivity and for wireless in-car charging of mobile phones and tablets. In the future, the companies expect to work on perfecting wireless vehicle charging technology to allow electric-car drivers to recharge battery packs without plugging into charging stations or wall boxes. Mercedes hopes to be the first automaker to incorporate such technology into its passenger cars and vans.
The company has entered into a similar partnership with the Chinese technology firm Baidu to develop in-car software that provides information and entertainment services.
Following are some of the primary suppliers of auto parts, along with the parts that each supplies to Daimler and specifically to its primary brand, Mercedes-Benz:
• ThyssenKrupp: shock absorbers and suspension components;
• Eagle Ottawa: leather seat interiors;
• Inteva Products: sunroofs;
• Carcoustics: hood and dash sound insulation components;
• Nemak: cylinder heads;
• Johnson Electric: HVAC actuators;
• ZF Lenksysteme: electronic power steering systems;
• Harman Kardon: information and entertainment modules;
• NSK: front axle wheel bearings;
• Lydall Gerhardi: gas tank heat shields;
• ZF Friedrichshafen: axle systems; and
• Filtran: automatic transmission filter systems.