Browse Publications Technical Papers 2008-36-0120
2008-10-07

The Role of Mercedes Benz do Brasil in the Global Production Network of Daimler Trucks - Based on a Nationalization Project 2008-36-0120

The commercial vehicle division of Daimler AG developed in the last decades a strong production network, driving the company to a large exchange of parts and aggregates, especially between the plants in Europe and South America.
In this article the decision taking methodology for new investments inside this production network is described. The industrialization of engine core parts in Brazil was analyzed by the support of an evaluation tool, and considering the major aspects of a new production site and its supply relationships. The results of the evaluation give transparency about the feasibility of different production network configurations, their interdependencies and the impact of the main influencing factors and drove the board of management to a clear decision, as it happened in other projects which used the same methodology.

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