Although it has been operating as an independent company for some time, the transition of Daimler Truck Southern Africa was formalised this week with the official opening of its purpose-designed headquarters and campus near Pretoria.
The 12-hectare site houses the main offices, training centre, used and new vehicle retail facilities and a dedicated Daimler Truck Financial Services company.
Karin Rådström, Member of the Board of Management Daimler Truck AG, and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, says: “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 the diversity for which South Africa is renowned. The new headquarter sets the team up properly to serve our customers in this very important market for Daimler Truck.”
The opening of the new facility follows a pledge made by Daimler Truck to invest R190-million in South Africa – R170-million going to the building that consumed 180 000 bricks during construction and R20-million used to update facilities on the truck line at the Mercedes-Benz manufacturing site in East London.
Michael Dietz, President and CEO of Daimler Truck Southern Africa Ltd added: “As a team, we are truly humbled by how far we have come since becoming an independent company on December 1, 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 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 headquarter offices.”
The new premises were officially opened by 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.
“The new headquarter is a welcoming home for our team in South Africa. The concept of bringing sales and marketing and Financial Services together under one roof, is taking the right step in our strategy to provide integrated transport solutions for our customers,” says Stephan Unger.
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 a benchmark and a truly customer-centric approach.”
With 600 employees across the campus, the DTSA headquarter and TruckStore facilities were designed with a clear intention of creating a sustainable and comfortable workplace with features such as facades and windows 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 while 752 solar panels provide 350 kWp electricity.