SAY was initially selected by Daimler because of their ability to meet the aggressive turnaround time without compromising quality. SAY experts began designing and developing cost-effective prototype tooling to quickly move the remaining parts from design into development. SAY also developed a partnership with the sheet extruder ensure the critical production schedules were met. To streamline the process, SAY introduced alternative production tooling, which allowed them to develop the prototypes and deliver part samples within weeks of receiving design approval – instead of the standard 4 to 6 week turnaround. Use of internal tool building capabilities to create molds further streamlined the process.
Daimler Bus began production with zero issues on SAY’s thermoformed plastic components and met their production schedule, even after switching suppliers at late date. This was due in large part to SAY Plastics’ ability to re-think the design-to-prototype process on Daimler’s behalf. Daimler rewarded SAY Plastics with a multi-year contract for all bus interior thermoformed parts.