Daimler AG says it has relied too much on its turbocharger suppliers. Now it plans to become a leader in the field.
"Not long from now, we will be Europe's third-largest turbocharger supplier," Leopold Mikulic, head of passenger-car engines and powertrains at Daimler subsidiary Mercedes-Benz Cars, told Automotive News Europe. He said he wants to reach that goal in three to five years.
Says Thomas Weber, Daimler board member for r&d: "Our dependence on the turbocharger suppliers was huge. We decided to invest in our own operation to have competition in the marketplace."
The automaker gets more than 50 percent of its turbochargers from IHI Charging Systems International, a joint venture between Daimler and Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries of Japan, Mikulic said. The rest come from suppliers such as Honeywell and BorgWarner.