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Daimler AG Canada
in 2011

$3 million

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Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Investments in Corporations Supporting Israel’s Military-, Police-, Surveillance-, Prison-Industrial Complex (Part 1)"
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With assets of $190 billion in 2010, this German firm is the world’s thirteenth-largest car maker, and second-largest truck manufacturer. Largely through its role as the top truckmaker in Europe, much of Daimler’s business is military-related. The company had at least US$1.7 billion in contracts with the Pentagon between 2000 and 2009. These sales put the company into the Pentagon’s top-100 military suppliers for the last three years of that decade.

Being a leading war industry has not stopped Daimler from extolling the company’s contributions to what it calls "world peace and prosperity in the future." Daimler says it "respects and supports compliance with internationally accepted human rights," and "condemns all forms of forced and compulsory labour." Even if this were true now, it certainly was not always the case.

During World War II, Daimler’s predecessor, DaimlerBenz, made engines for Nazi warplanes, tanks and subs. It also produced parts for Germany’s Mauser rifles. Michael Moore’s website, The Awful Truth, reveals that DaimlerBenz began using

"foreign workers and Soviet and French POWs as forced labor in early 1941… Many of the Soviet workers refused to work, and engaged in strikes. DaimlerBenz sent the ‘ring-leaders’ of these strikes to concentration camps."

Daimler used tens of thousands of forced foreign workers, POWs, and concentration camp inmates "to build the Luftwaffe [air force] and other weapons of the Nazi war machine."

Since WWII, the Mercedes-Benz division of Daimler has been making heavy-duty military trucks, such as four-wheel drive "Unimog 437s" used by Israel’s military forces.

Daimler’s predecessor, Daimler-Chrysler (D-C), sold "Sufa [Storm]"

jeeps to Israel’s military. (Chrysler is now largely owned by Fiat.)

Between 2000 and 2001, D-C sold US$5.3-million worth of airframe structural components for US F-16s. The US has transferred F-16s to Israel, which used them to bombard Lebanon in 2006, and Gaza in 2008-2009.

Daimler also makes engines through Germany’s MTU Friedrichshafen, which is owned jointly by Daimler and Rolls Royce. (See table "CPP Investments.") For example, MTU engines power Israel’s:

l "Merkava" main battle tanks: Israel used these in the Lebanon War (1982), South Lebanon conflict (1982-2000), 2nd Lebanon war (2006), 1st Intifada (1987-1993), 2nd Intifada (2000–2005) and Gaza (2008-2009).

l Tatra T815 heavy, off-road trucks

l Dolphin class subs, which are widely believed to carry nuclear weapons

The "off-highway" division of Detroit Diesel (DD) is also owned by Daimler and Rolls Royce. It makes engines for these Israeli military vehicles

l M106: DD’s 6V53T engines power US-made M106 mortar carriers. Starting in 2003, 54 of these tracked, self-propelled artillery vehicles were transferred to Israel. Although equipped with M2 Browning .50 calibre heavy machine guns, the M106’s main weapon is the M30 107 mm heavy mortar.

l EE-11: DD engines power these armoured vehicles made by Brazil’s state-owned arms company, IMBEL. Israel’s military received 24 of these wheeled, amphibious vehicles in 2002.

l Achzarit: These heavy, armoured troop carriers are also powered by DD engines. They have been used by Israel’s military since 1988.

Daimler owns 22% of European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. (EADS), the world’s 7th largest war industry. Eurocopter, the world’s largest helicopter supplier, is wholly-owned by EADS. Israel’s Air Force flies Eurocopter’s AS565 "Panthers" Israel’s navy has its own version of these Eurocopters, called HH-65 "Dauphins." These were probably the aircraft that Israeli commandos used during their deadly 2010 attack on the "Mavi Marmara," an aid ship trying to delivery aid to Palestinians in Gaza.

Daimler also sells vehicles to an Israeli company called Philcar, which describes itself as "a leading provider to the Israeli Army, Police, Special Forces and other governmental agencies." This firm says "all of our products have gone into battle and are combat proven." Philcar armours vehicles sold to it by Mercedes and Unimog (owned by Daimler AG), International Truck-brand vehicles (by Navistar), as well as Toyota and Volvo vehicles. (See "CPP Investments.")



COAT research (published in Issues 66 and 67 of Press for Conversion!) exposes that in 2011 the CPP owned about $1.5 billion worth of shares in 68 corporations supplying Israel with military, police, surveillance and prison-related products.

To read COAT's research on the first half of
these 68 companies, click the pdf links below
to see the print version of Issue 66.  Or, click
each company name for the web version.)
(Articles on the second set of 34 companies
are in Issue #67 of Press for Conversion!):

pdf  3M Co
Amdocs Ltd
pdf  Analog Devices Inc

pdf  AT&T
pdf  BAE Systems
pdf  Bank Hapoalim
pdf  Bezeq
pdf  Bharat Electronics Ltd
pdf  CAE Inc
pdf  Carlyle Group
pdf  Caterpillar Inc
pdf  Cellcom Israel
pdf  Cemex
pdf  Cisco Systems
pdf  CRH plc
pdf  Daewoo Engineering & Construction
pdf  Daimler AG
pdf  Delek Group
pdf  Dell Inc
pdf  Discount Investment Corp
pdf  Doosan Corp
pdf  Eaton Corp
pdf  Elbit Systems
pdf  EMC Corp
pdf  Evraz Group
pdf  Fiat Industrial
pdf  Fiat SpA
pdf  Finmeccanica
pdf  Fujitsu Ltd
pdf  Hewlett-Packard Co
pdf  Hitachi Ltd
pdf  Honeywell International
pdf  Hyundai Motor Co
pdf  Hyundai Heavy Industries

Additional resources from this issue:
Israeli Spy Companies:
Verint and Narus

State-owned Israeli War Industries:
, IMI and Rafael

Vertex Venture Capital:
Investing in Israeli High-Tech Companies

Table listing CPP Investments


Table listing CPP Investments worth $1.5 billion in 66 companies supporting Israel's military, police, surveillance, prison-industrial complex.

Table listing additional investments totalling $4.5 billion by six large Canadian pension funds (including CPP) in the 66 companies researched by COAT.


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Annual Report 2010

Daimler AG

Contracts to Daimler AG

Top 100 Defense Contractors, Gov’t Exec.

Integrity Code

Sal vs BMW

Military equipment of Israel

List of vehicles and machines powered by MTU engines

Tatra T815

Israel Raw Report [Ground Forces]

M106 mortar carrier

M30 mortar

EE-11 Urutu


Israeli Air Force

Martin Broek, Ali Abunimah, Carlo Tombola and Wendela de Vries, "European and American weapons in Israeli attack on Gaza Flotilla," June 15, 2010.

Top 100 Defense Contractors, Defense News Company Profile

Manufacturing Facilities

Government Contracts USA Defense Dep’t