Coming to Michigan for engine technology and componentry.
In 2012, Cologne, Germany-based Deutz AG, the world’s largest independent diesel engine manufacturer, looked to expand its supply chain presence in North America. Facing European currency fluctuations and strict U.S. emissions requirements, Deutz AG looked to the NAFTA region for supply chain innovation and cost-savings for its 2.9-liter and 3.6-liter engine production lines.
PMBC worked with Deutz AG to identify capable component suppliers in Michigan that could not only be cost-competitive, but introduce value-added processes and technologies to satisfy emissions standards. Since 2012, PMBC has leveraged supplier facility tours, matchmaking summits, and roundtables to facilitate connections between Deutz executives and purchasers, and Michigan companies. Besides hosting Deutz AG buyers multiple times annually in Michigan, PMBC has taken multiple trips and dozens of Michigan companies to the Deutz AG North American Headquarters in Georgia for exclusive quoting workshops. In these workshops, Deutz AG disassembles entire engines and provides specifications for each component to allow Michigan companies the ability to review and provide accurate cost-improvement options. These Michigan suppliers have received more than $135 million in new purchase orders to support Deutz’s global supply chain.