The Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Daimler AG has described 2015 as “the most successful year in the history of the company”.
In a statement to shareholders, Dr Manfred Bischoff, wrote that this success is “no accident, it is based on the long-term planning and strategic decisions of the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board in the past years.”
In a wide-ranging review of the business, he stresses that the company is “systematically working on the further development of alternative drive systems”, investing approximately €500 million in the construction of a second battery factory in Germany.
It’s also discussed autonomous driving and connectivity, saying they are only possible with the use of data. It quotes a study showing the volume of data produced doubles every two years. “Scientists predict that the data volume could amount to 40 trillion gigabytes by 2020,” it quotes. “Connectivity is the way to derive significant value added for our customers from this mountain of data.”
It goes on: “With the new E-Class, partially autonomous driving is already possible. It is the world’s first series-production car with car-to-X communication, that is, with the ability to communicate with other cars and with the infrastructure. Connectivity is also required for the optimal control of goods transport, because worldwide transport volumes continue to increase and could triple by 2050. The connected truck can increase the efficiency of road freight transport enormously.”
Daimler achieved new records in 2015 for unit sales, revenue and earnings. The Group sold more than 2.9 million vehicles worldwide (2014: 2.5 million), posted revenue of €149.5 billion (2014: €129.9 billion) and net profit amounted to €8.9 billion (2014: €7.3 billion).