New facility a milestone for Daimler Trucks

History was made with both the global and local governing bodies of Daimler Truck Southern Africa Ltd (DTSA), officially opening and welcoming its customers and stakeholders into its newly designed and strategically located new office building and business campus.

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Housing its headquarters, training, used and new vehicle retail facilities, in addition to a full-fledged dedicated Daimler Truck Financial Services company, the campus is certainly positioned to create convenience and easy access.

Officially opening the new DTSA building in the presence of its key stakeholders such as customers, dealer partners, general distributors, suppliers and business partners, was Ms Nomalungelo Gina, Deputy Minister of Trade Industry and Economic Development for the Republic of South Africa; Karin Rådström, Member of the Board of Management Daimler Truck AG and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Trucks; Stephan Unger, Member of the Board of Management Daimler Truck AG and Head of Financial Services; Andreas Peschke, German Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa/eSwatini/Lesotho; Andreas von Wallfeld, Head of Daimler Truck Overseas; Michael Dietz, President and CEO Daimler Truck Southern Africa, together with the DTSA Board of Directors.

Guests at the opening ceremony of the new complex.

Commenting on this momentous occasion and notable achievement is Karin Rådström, Member of the Board of Management Daimler Truck AG, and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Trucks: “I am excited to be part of the DTSA headquarters’ inauguration, re-affirming our commitment to one of our strategic markets in Africa.

“The investment not only underlines our positioning as a global player in the commercial vehicle world, but also shows our keen passion for people and diversity for which South Africa is renowned. The new headquarters will set the team up properly to serve our customers in this very important market for Daimler Truck.”

The opening ceremony included song and dance.

Stephan Unger, Member of the Board of Management Daimler Truck AG and Head of Financial Services adds: “The new headquarters are a welcoming home for our team in South Africa. The concept of bringing sales & marketing and Financial Services together under one roof is taking the right step in our strategy to provide integrated transport solutions for our customers.”

Andreas von Wallfeld, Head of Daimler Truck Overseas, had this to say: “I am very proud of our new home for our team here in South Africa. Having an all-encompassing commercial vehicle campus to take care of all aspects of our business is a benchmark and a true customer-centric approach.”

In closing Michael Dietz, President and CEO Daimler Truck Southern Africa Ltd concluded: “As a team, we are truly humbled by how far we have come since becoming an independent company on 1 December 2021. This day marks a great beginning for us, and I look forward to further creating a great place to work for our employees, while fully catering to our customers and continuously serving all who keep Africa moving.

An Actos truck from Daimler Trucks Southern Africa.

The setting up of this remarkable establishment commenced in quarter one of 2021 and entailed the procurement of an 11-hectare campus, the refurbishment of the existing offices, the addition of a dedicated DTSA training facility and notably the construction of the new Daimler Truck Southern Africa headquarters.

Boasting approximately 600 employees across the campus, the DTSA headquarters and TruckStore facilities were importantly designed with the clear intention of creating a sustainable and comfortable workplace.

Several sustainable features have been incorporated in the design of these buildings. All facades and windows are screened to limit solar heat gain, while reducing electrical loads. High specification low-E double glazing further ensures low heat gains and losses.

The roof slopes to the north to allow for future solar installation and rainwater collection on one facade. Parking bays and roof areas are utilised to generate electricity and reduce reliance on non-renewable sources. Some 752 solar panels provide 350 kWp of electricity. This is in line with the commitment to achieve a net-zero status.

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