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Daimler India Commercial Vehicles receives ISO/TS 16949 : 2009 certification for Quality Management System

  • Obtains certification in a record time of 17 months from start of production
  • Receives certification from ULDQS India – A leading certification body for management systems worldwide

Chennai : Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. (DICV), the 100% wholly-owned subsidiary of the world’s leading truck manufacturer Daimler AG, received the coveted TS16949:2009 certification for implementation and maintenance of Quality Management System in the area of Design & Development and Manufacture of commercial vehicles. Dr. K Murugan, Managing Director & CEO, ULDQS India, a wholly owned subsidiary of DQS Holding, GmbH, presented the certificate to Mr. Marc Llistosella, Managing Director and CEO, DICV at Daimler India’s corporate office in Chennai.

Affiliated to the International Automotive Task Force (IATF), the ISO/TS 16949 is one of the very important accreditations, globally recognized, specifically intended for the Automobile industry. The certification also covers critical parameters such as optimization of cost, time and resources

Commenting on the certification, Mr. Marc Llistosella, Managing Director & CEO, DICV, said, “It is indeed a significant milestone in our journey of commitment to deliver quality products and services to our customers. It is important to note that right from our inception; all our stakeholders including the suppliers and our employees across functions have strived to achieve global quality standards at every step of our operations. This ISO/TS16949 certification demonstrates our strict adherence to quality standards and is a testimony of the high standards that Daimler follows worldwide.”

Daimler India Commercial Vehicles obtained this certification meeting all requirements in a record time of 17 months from start of production, after rigorous audits conducted by the certifying body at its manufacturing plant at Oragadam, near Chennai.

Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt. Ltd.

Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) is a 100% subsidiary of Daimler AG, Stuttgart, Germany. DICV will produce light, medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles for the Indian volume market, under the brand name – BharatBenz. BharatBenz stands for Indian engineering with German DNA. The products have been engineered to serve all major customer segments, from owner-drivers up to large fleet operators. The efficiency of BharatBenz trucks is an optimal fit for customers keen on efficiency, a low Total Cost of Ownership over the life-cycle and highest profit potential for their businesses. The state-ofthe-art production plant at Oragadam, near Chennai, spreads over 400 acres (160 hectares). It includes a modern test track designed to simulate Indian conditions – making it one of its kind in Asia. DICV has a total dedicated investment of over INR 4400 crs (approximately €700 million).

The Company also handles Production, Marketing, Sales and After Sales of Mercedes-Benz Actros Trucks in India. Mercedes-Benz Trucks with the Brand Promise “Trucks you can Trust” are renowned world-wide for their reliability and efficiency under most extreme operating conditions, as well. These trucks also offer the best that Truck Technology has to offer. The Daimler Bus division in India was merged with DICV in April 2013. In May 2013, a new range of FUSO trucks were launched as part of Daimler’s ‘Trucks Asia’ strategy.

Sustainability being a core of Daimler’s corporate culture, DICV will focus on creating efficient, reliable and ecologically friendly products.

BharatBenz

BharatBenz is the Indian truck brand of Daimler AG, the world’s largest Commercial Vehicle manufacturer and inventor of the truck. Backed by over a century of global trucking experience and an in-depth understanding of the Indian terrain, BharatBenz is here to transform the country’s trucking industry. BharatBenz offers Indian customers an entire truck portfolio in the 9 to 49 tonne range across various applications. The name – BharatBenz - brings out the two most defining qualities of a brand that is being built exclusively for India. ‘Bharat’ carries the values, ideologies and spirit of the nation, and reinforces the brand’s commitment to serve the Indian market. ‘Benz’ upholds the lineage of innovation, technological brilliance and engineering excellence that have given unparalleled performance and great value for generations. Powered by the synergy between global leadership in technology and local deep rooted customer knowledge, BharatBenz builds robust, reliable, performance-oriented trucks to drive maximum productivity and deliver maximum value to customers across the country. With BharatBenz, a new era in Indian trucking has arrived. '

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Balaji K L (DICV),

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Shina Satyapal (MSL India),

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