German carmaker Daimler has announced the winners of its European Carrier Awards for 2009. The annual awards, now in their tenth year, are given to those companies the carmaker has recognised for providing the best finished vehicle service in Europe over the course of the year.
The event was held at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim at an event called Daimler Vehicles Logistics in Europe in 2010 and was attended by representatives from approximately 100 vehicle transport companies.
Dr Holger Scherr, head of worldwide transport logistics and Egon Christ, head of worldwide vehicle logistics at Daimler, presented the prizes.
“This year we are once again delighted to observe that our management model and our awards have motivated our partners to achieve outstanding performance,” said Christ.
“We need partners who operate at the benchmark level so that our products are available everywhere exactly when needed and fault-free,” continued. “The art lies in finding the ideal balance in terms of costs, time, and quality. And that applies especially to our six prize-winners. I congratulate them for their success.”
First prize in the Passenger Vehicles category went to Swiss provider Galliker Transport, which impressed the jury with its “comprehensive high quality standards in vehicle transport as well as with the exemplary handling, storage and technology in its transshipment centre”.
In the Trucks category, the Essen-based company Helf Automobil-Logistik was once again honoured. Daimler recognised the company’s “exemplary logistics procedures and consistent quality focus in all Daimler-related transport processes”.
Galliker Transport also featured in the Trucks category, taking second place.
The other winners in the Passenger Vehicles category were Frankenbach Automobil Logistik which took second prize. Third prize went to Günther Möhlmann Spedition und Kfz-Transporte of Neuenburg.
The third-place prize in the Trucks category went to Polish logistics provider STS Centrum Dystrybucji Samochodów.
Over a one-year period, all the companies’ vehicle shipments were continuously monitored and evaluated with regard to transport damages, transport times, the quality of vehicle shipping, and the overall condition of the equipment used.
The Daimler Vehicle Logistics Europe 2010 event saw discussions focused on the changed levels of passenger vehicle and truck sales, the effect this is having on the transport sector, and how to appropriately respond to this situation.
Daimler was also on the receiving end of the awards this week when it secured a second place prize at the bestLog Conference in Brussels for its Mercedes-Benz plant in Untertürkheim, Germany. The prize recognised the carmaker for its successful centralisation of its global outbound logistics activities based on economic and ecological objectives. More coverage on this award will feature in next week’s Automotive Logistics News.
 Pictured at the European Carrier Awards from l to r: Dr. Holger Scherr (Daimler AG), Egon Christ (Daimler AG), Sandra Möhlmann (Spedition Möhlmann), Günter Möhlmann (Spedition Möhlmann), Ernst Frankenbach (Spedition Frankenbach), Christian Frankenbach (Spedition Frankenbach), Rolf Galliker (Spedition Galliker), Richard Suter (Spedition Galliker), Filip Nawrocki, (Spedition STS), Piotr Kosla (Spedition STS), Willi Helf (Spedition Helf), Alfred Walde (Spedition Helf)