Daimler Truck Southern Africa GROUP OF COMPANIES OFFICIALLY OPENS ITS NEW OFFICE BUILDING AND BUSINESS CAMPUS IN THE PRESENCE OF KEY STAKEHOLDERS
- Daimler Truck Southern Africa Ltd further reaffirms its commitment to the Southern Africa region by making a valuable investment into an all-encompassing business campus.
- New home, marks a new era for the Group of Companies, creating easy access to its wholesale, new and used vehicles retail environment, along with its dedicated finance company.
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, history was certainly made on 25 April 2023, as both the global and local governing bodies of Daimler Truck Southern Africa Ltd (DTSA), officially opened and welcomed its valued customers and stakeholders into its strikingly designed, strategically located new office building and business campus. Housing it’s headquarter, training, used and new vehicle retail facilities, in addition to a fully fledge 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, 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.
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 into 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 to which South Africa is renowned for. The new headquarter sets the team up properly to serve our customers in this very important market for Daimler Truck”
Stephan Unger; Member of the Board of Management Daimler Truck AG and Head of Financial Services adds; “The new headquarter is 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 taking care of all aspects of our business is 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.
The setting up of this remarkable establishment commenced in quarter one of 2021 and entailed the procurement of around 11.0 hectare campus, refurbishment of the existing offices, the addition of a dedicated DTSA training facility and notably the construction of the new Daimler Truck Southern Africa headquarter offices.
Boasting approximately 600 employees across the campus, the DTSA headquarter and TruckStore facilities were importantly designed with a clear intention of creating a sustainable and comfortable workplace. Several sustainable features were 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 utilized to generate electricity and reduce reliance on non-renewable sources. 752 solar panels provide 350 kWp electricity. This is in line with the commitment to achieve a net-zero status.
This grand opening truly signifies the commitment of the DTSA Group of Companies to its customers, South Africa and the entire Southern Africa region.
Wishing them a future filled with groundbreaking excellence and unmatched sustainability.
Daimler Truck Southern Africa Group of Companies at a glance:
Since the invention of the truck over 125 years ago, Daimler Truck AG has been a pioneer in the commercial vehicle sector and is today one of the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturers. Established in South Africa over 60 years ago, Daimler Truck Southern Africa Ltd together with its subsidiaries Daimler Truck Financial Services South Africa (Pty) Ltd and Sandown Motor Holdings (Pty) Ltd provides an optimal experience for our esteemed customers based on a comprehensive products and services portfolio. The Group’s success is based on its leading brands inclusive of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Buses, FUSO Trucks in addition to offering parts and services for Freightliner and Western Star Trucks. Its product range is backed by its market leading value-added services in Fleetboard, TruckStore, TruckTraining, and Financial Services. With a Southern African footprint that includes South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Zambia, the company is headquartered in Pretoria, the capital city of South Africa, and all its products are assembled locally in its East London production plant.