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Striking new business campus incorporates truck manufacturer’s bouquet of services

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THE global and local governing bodies of Daimler Truck Southern Africa (DTSA), officially welcomed DTSA’s valued customers and stakeholders into its striking, strategically located new office building and business campus on April 25. Housing its headquarters, training facility, used and new vehicle retail facilities, as well as a fully-fledged dedicated Daimler Truck Financial Services company, the campus is a multifunctional space providing convenient access to all the Group’s services.

The grand opening of the new campus was attended by key stakeholders, including customers, dealer partners, general distributors, suppliers, and business partners. Executives and board members from Daimler Truck AG and DTSA as well as the Deputy Minister of Trade Industry and Economic Development, Ms Nomalungelo Gina and the German Ambassador to South Africa, Andreas von Wallfeld attended the opening celebrations.

Commenting on this momentous occasion and notable achievement, Member of the Board of Management Daimler Truck AG, and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Karin Rådström, said: “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, for which South Africa is renowned. The new headquarters sets the team up properly to serve our customers in this very important market for Daimler Trucks.”

Member of the Board of Management Daimler Truck AG and Head of Financial Services, Stephan Unger added: “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.”

Head of Daimler Truck Overseas, Andreas von Wallfeld, 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 a new benchmark and a truly customer-centric approach.”

In closing President and CEO Daimler Truck Southern Africa Ltd, Michael Dietz, 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 hectares for the 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 headquarters.

Sustainable features

Accommodating nearly 600 employees across the campus, the DTSA headquarters and Truck Store facilities were importantly designed with a clear intention of creating a sustainable and comfortable workplace. Several sustainable features were incorporated into 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 used to generate electricity and reduce reliance on non-renewable sources. In line with the commitment to achieve net-zero status, 752 solar panels provide 350 kW of electricity.

The grand opening signifies the DTSA Group’s commitment to its customers, South Africa and the broader southern African region.

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