Minister of Transport and Infrastructure of Baden-Württemberg
Visits Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation
||Joined by a delegation on a trade mission to Korea and Japan
||Baden-Württemberg and Kanagawa Prefecture with common opportunities and challenges in the automotive industry
||Spotlight on Japan-Germany cooperation in advanced technologies
Kawasaki, Japan – Mr. Winfried Hermann, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure of the German Federal State of Baden-Württemberg, visited the Kawasaki, Japan, operations of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) on Friday, February 28, 2014. Mr. Hermann, in Japan to promote business and scientific exchange, was joined by an accompanying political and business delegation.
Born in Rottenburg am Neckar, Germany, Mr. Hermann has been the Minister of Transport of Baden- Württemberg since May 2011. Baden-Württemberg is the third largest of the 16 German federal states, both in terms of its surface area of 35,752 square kilometers, and its population 10.7 million inhabitants.
MFTBC, one of Asia’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers, is an integral part of the Daimler Trucks Division of Daimler AG. Daimler Trucks is headquartered in Stuttgart, which is the capital city of Baden-Württemberg.
During the visit, Minister Hermann met with MFTBC, Mercedes-Benz Japan Co., Ltd. (MBJ), and Daimler Financial Services Japan Co., Ltd. (DFSJ) executives including MFTBC Chairman Mr. Takao Suzuki, MBJ Representative Director and Vice President of Sales and Marketing Mr. Marc Boderke, and DFSJ President & CEO Mr. Hiroshi Hanai.
The dignitaries toured MFTBC’s Kawasaki Plant, the company’s global manufacturing location, and experienced demonstrations of the world’s most fuel-efficient Canter Eco Hybrid light-duty truck and the all-electric, zero-emission smart electric vehicle.
On the occasion of the delegation’s visit, Mr. Takao Suzuki said: “It was an honor for Mitsubishi Fuso to host Minister Hermann and the delegation. “Baden-Württemberg and MFTBC’s home prefecture of Kanagawa have a long tradition in the automotive industry. While we have many common opportunities and challenges, we were especially pleased to highlight our advanced technologies – hybrid and electric drives - which represent a strong area of cooperation between Japan and Germany.”
Winfried Hermann, Minister of Transport and
Infrastructure of the German Federal State
Minister Winfried Hermann together with
MFTBC Chairman Takao Suzuki
Based in Kawasaki, Japan, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) is one of Asia's leading commercial vehicle manufacturers. In 2013, the company sold a total of about 172,400 vehicles including light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses. Daimler AG owns 89.29% of MFTBC shares and various Mitsubishi group companies own 10.71% of MFTBC shares. MFTBC is an integral part of the Daimler Trucks Division of Daimler AG.
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