Mercedes-Benz South Africa is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the global company, Daimler AG. The company has a manufacturing plant in East London which has been building vehicles in South Africa for over 60 years and a Sales and Marketing office in Zwartkop, Gauteng.
Sales and Marketing
Mercedes-Benz South Africa's headquarters are located in Zwartkop, Gauteng – the operating
hub of marketing and sales, finance and controlling, media and communications, information technology,
dealer network, after-sales services and supply chain divisions for Mercedes-Benz in the region.
The company markets and finances Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and smart cars; Mercedes-Benz
trucks, vans and buses; Freightliner trucks; FUSO trucks; and Western Star trucks from Zwartkop for South
Africa and for the region.
Mercedes-Benz South Africa manufactures Mercedes-Benz C-Class vehicles in right-hand
drive for the local market and in right- and left-hand drive for export to every continent in the world.
It also assembles Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles and buses and FUSO trucks in its East London plant.
In 2017, 117 071 C-Class vehicles and 4 200 commercial vehicles were produced and assembled at its plant in East London.
Over the years, Mercedes-Benz South Africa has cemented its position as one of the top
manufacturing plants in Daimler AG, ranking in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey (Europe-Africa region)
for six consecutive years.
Consistency and a process-driven approach have been key to the success of products built
in the plant, resulting in a string of quality accolades over many successive years, including various
Synovate Awards locally.
The Production Purchasing department administrates production purchases for all vehicles
manufactured by Mercedes-Benz South Africa.
This department is divided into three main commodities:
Body in White, covering boday panel and chassis components;
Powertrain, which covers all drivetrain, suspension, wheel and exhaust components as well as lubricants and sealants
Interior, exterior and electrical, including most of the trim mouldings, paint and electronic components
All contractual relations with suppliers are monitored in terms of Daimler AG's global
Extended Enterprise programme. This also includes government and parastatal activities that may affect
supply chain management and exports, as well as cost planning and cost optimisation programmes.
Procurement at Mercedes-Benz South Africa represents a central foundation within the
organisation at all its locations, committing itself to a shared vision and mission.
Procurement uses global and globally-aligned processes and tools, which they have adopted
from International Procurement Services to identify and realise synergistic opportunities and improve cost
reduction efficiencies throughout the company.