In Germany, a shortage of IT experts is growing

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Germany’s shortage of IT professionals is growing, as Europe’s largest economy continues to digitalize its industrial base. Companies are looking for 43,000 IT specialists, up 5 pc from a year earlier, according to a study by Bitkom, Germany’s high-tech industry association. Out of the total, 17,500 open positions are in the IT and telecommunications sectors, […]

Porsche names production boss to CEO position

Oliver Blume (Photo: Porsche)

Oliver Blume, head of production of the German sports car maker, will become the company’s CEO, succeeding Matthias Mueller, who has taken the top position at parent company Volkswagen Group. Blume, 47, takes up his new job October 1. Porsche also announced that its¬†US head, Detlev von Platen, will be the brand’s new global sales […]

VW to recall 5 million diesel vehicles

VW is getting ready to recall 5 million vehicles (Photo: VW)

Volkswagen, plans to recall 5 million of its diesel-powered vehicles to fix engine management systems that have been programmed to lower¬†emissions in official test cycles. The German carmaker said in a press statement that “the emissions characteristics” of customers’ vehicles will be corrected in the near future. It added that an internal evaluation had yielded […]

Volvo appoints new sales boss; Visser moves to Geely

Alain Visser (Photo: Volvo Cars)

Volvo Cars has appointed Bjorn Anwall, a McKinsey management consultant, to head its global sales and marketing. Anwall replaces Alain Visser, who is taking on a similar sales role at China’s Geely, the parent company of Volvo.     Visser said in a press release that he is taking on “the challenge of building a […]

Autoliv joins Volvo’s Drive Me autonomous driving project

New technologies will let people safely do other things while the car does the driving (Photo: Volvo)

Swedish supplier Autoliv has joined the “Drive Me” autonomous driving project started by Volvo Cars. Drive Me, initiated by Volvo Cars in December 2013, involves 100 self-driving Volvos that use public roads in Gothenburg in everyday driving conditions. The cars are used by members of the public for daily use. The addition of Autoliv to […]

Study: Big data slow to take hold in transportation industry

PwC warns that, without big data analysis, logistics companies will lose competitiveness (Photo: Toll Collect)

Transportation and logistics companies are slow to implement big data and business intelligence tools, according to a study by consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers. Only 19 pc of companies surveyed are using the technologies as part of their business processes. According to the study, 35 pc of companies haven’t yet taken a look at big data and business […]

Porsche’s Mueller to succeed Winterkorn as VW Group CEO

Matthias Mueller studied IT in Munich before joining the VW Group (Photo: Porsche)

Porsche boss Matthias Mueller will succeed Martin Winterkorn as CEO of the Volkswagen Group, the carmaker’s supervisory board decided late Friday. Mueller, 62, was one of the main candidates to take the position, following the resignation of Winterkorn on Wednesday.¬†He is a Volkswagen Group veteran, who joined Audi in 1977 and has worked across the […]

VW CEO Martin Winterkorn steps down over test allegations

Martin Winterkorn says he's not aware of any personal wrong doing (Photo: Claus Dick)

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has offered his resignation in the wake of revelations that the automaker has manipulated emission tests in the US. The 68-year-old CEO told a supervisory board committee meeting Wednesday that “Volkswagen needs a new start.” Following is the text of an official statement by Winterkorn released by Volkswagen: “I am shocked […]

carIT Congress: MHP consultant urges automakers to speed up

Herold (Photo: Claus Dick)

FRANKFURT – Automakers are making progress in adapting their development cycles to faster-moving partner industries, but they cannot yet match the agility of digital companies, said Bernd Herold, associated partner at¬†management consultants Mieschke, Hofmann und¬†Partner (MHP). In an address to the carIT Congress here, Herold said the auto industry needs to develop modular software libraries […]

carIT Congress: BMW exec says autonomous driving “not a hype”

Christoph Grote (Photo: Claus Dick)

FRANKFURT – A senior BMW research executive reaffirmed the industry’s focus on autonomous driving, saying the trend is “absolutely no hype.” Christoph Grote, who heads technology and innovation in BMW’s R&D department, told the carIT Congress here that autonomous driving will offer “premium driving comfort, more security and more traffic efficiency.” He cited driver distraction […]