As OEMs transform themselves into agile mobility providers, they need suppliers to adapt to the new digital landscape. In this special section of the website we have put together a number of articles, webinars and opinion pieces that analyse the technologies and trends shaping the digital supply chain.
CIO Raman Mehta is leading a dramatic modernization of Visteon’s IT and IS architecture and enterprise systems, helping the infotainment supplier to further digitalize its engineering, production and supply chain and ultimately get products faster to market. Read more
Automakers need to speed up R&D efforts to meet demand for EVs, autonomous vehicles and connected cars. They also need to develop new models to fit marketing niches and consumer demands that change much more quickly – in the process affecting what their suppliers need to supply and how quickly. Read more
Around the world, technology decision-makers at automotive OEMs and their suppliers are wrestling with some difficult decisions. How can they digitalise their supply chains in order to compete more effectively in the industry today, while at the same time preparing those supply chains for major disruption down the road? By Jessica Twentyman Read more
Interview: How an intranet of things at BMW Group is driving digital production for its mixed drivetrain future
Christian Patron is head of innovation, digitalisation, data analytics at BMW Group. The editor of automotiveIT International, Paul Fisher, spoke to him about how BMW’s culture of innovation is pushing further into creating a more agile production process.
Reports in the Financial Times and Bloomberg say Amazon joined a second round funding for AV startup Aurora. Venture capital firm Sequoia led a $580m round, which also included T. Rowe Price Group Inc, a major investor in Tesla. “We are always looking to invest in innovative, customer-obsessed companies. Read more
Before taking on his current job, Wilko Stark was head of strategy at Mercedes-Benz Cars, where he focused on preparing the German premium car brand for a future characterized by connectivity, autonomous driving, electrification and the sharing of vehicles. Today, Stark is in charge of purchasing and supplier quality at Mercedes. Read More..
IBM and IoT service provider Sigfox have implemented a system to digitally track containers at French carmaker PSA Group. The so-called “Track&Trace” system allows PSA to optimize container rotation between its supplier sites and its car factories. Track&Trace is based on the IBM Watson cognitive computing technology and on the 0G IoT. Read more
Digital twins play a role in all digitalisation projects but data consolidation slows down implementation
Digital twins are shaping up to be a key tool as automotive companies proceed with digitalization across the entire value chain. But it’s not easy to get a handle on these virtual representations. In a production environment, the concept of a digital twin is comparatively easy to grasp. Read more
BMW has formed a technology consortium with battery developer Northvolt and Umicore, a producer of active materials for battery cells, to develop a complete and sustainable value chain for batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) in Europe. Read More
Analysis, opinion and advice
Purchasing departments need to be re-oriented and open to digital tools. Otherwise, the competitiveness of automakers and their supplier partners will be at risk. Never before have purchasing agents in automotive companies been under the kind of pressure that they are today. Read more
Innovations in electric and self-driving vehicles are fundamentally altering the automotive landscape and pushing customer expectations higher than ever before. Companies must digitally transform in order to face today’s shifting realities and succeed in minimizing inventory, maximizing cash flow and driving profitability in this dynamic business environment. Read More
The on-demand economy is having a huge impact on the automotive sector, creating new challenges for manufacturers and automotive businesses looking to get a handle on their growing global supply chain. By Stanley Chia, VP at Tungsten Network. Read more