Germany’s Hella implements CRM platform from Salesforce

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In a bid to increase its operational efficiency, Hella has implemented a cloud-based CRM software platform built by Salesforce. The German automotive lighting specialist said in a press release that it had decided to implement the technology to speed up the time it takes to respond to customer requests. Hella said the Salesforce platform, which […]

Chinese robot density set to grow sharply

Robot (Graphic: IFR)

Starting from a low base, China is set to see a sharp increase in the use of robots in manufacturing, according the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). Today’s 200,000 robots in Chinese plants are set to double to more than 400,000 by 2017. That compares with a projected 300,000 in Europe’s five major markets in […]

automotiveIT publishes book about car industry’s future

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MUNICH – Germany’s Media-Manufaktur has published a book that provides an in-depth look at how the world’s biggest car companies are preparing for an era of new mobility. The German business publisher, parent company of automotiveIT and automotiveIT international, said the new 88-page – English-language – book is titled “Automotive 4.0 – The Digital Revolution.” […]

IBM adds data centers to offer companies more local storage

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IBM, which wants to solidify its position as a leading provider of cloud-based services, has expanded its global data center network through the addition of 12 new locations. Nine of them are operated by partner Equinix, while the US-based software group is opening new data centers of its own in Frankfurt, Mexico City and Tokyo. […]

Study: Industry revenue is hit by data losses

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German companies and larger public organizations have posted 33.6 billion euros less revenue in the past 12 months because they have lost data as a result of a technical problem, according to a new study. The EMC Data Protection Index, compiled by US-based software and storage group EMC, also found that data losses have risen […]

BMW plans more plug-in hybrids for its core model range

BMW has developed a plug-in hybrid powertrain that can be used across its model range (Photo: BMW)

BMW plans to roll out plug-in hybrid versions of all BMW models in the long term. The premium car maker is unveiling a plug-in hybrid 3 Series prototype as well as a range of other concepts that use technology that’s already in place in its i-brand vehicles. “All BMW Group models benefit from BMW i,” BMW […]

automotiveIT Congress – Hanover

Around 500 automotive and IT executives each year attend the Hanover Congress (Photo: Claus Dick)

The automotiveIT Group will host its annual Congress during the CeBIT high-tech fair in Hanover March 19, 2015. The event will focus on the new role IT is playing in tomorrow’s car industry. It is the 7th time the automotiveIT Congress takes place in Germany. The conference brings together around 500 executives from the automotive […]

Cisco sees data-center traffic tripling in 5 years

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Data-center traffic will nearly triple between 2013 and 2018 and cloud-based interactions will represent 76 pc of that traffic, according to a study by Cisco. The US-based networking specialist also predicted that, by 2018, half of the world’s population will have residential internet access and 53 pc of them will use some kind of personal cloud storage […]

BMW on track with efforts to reduce energy consumption in plants

In Spartanburg, where BMW builds the X3, more than 80 production facilities and robots have been equipped with smart meters since 2012 (Photo: BMW)

BMW is on track with efforts to lower the amount of energy it needs to build cars, with energy consumption per vehicle dropping 31 percent between 2006 and 2013. By 2020, the Munich-based premium carmaker wants energy expended per vehicle to be down 45 percent from 2006 levels. One significant pillar of the strategy is the […]

In PLM move, Siemens to acquire Camstar

Siemens aims to strengthen its PLM activities (Photo: Siemens)

Siemens plans to acquire Camstar in a bid for leadership in products that help companies digitize all areas of their business. The Germany-based diversified engineering group said its Siemens PLM software division will broaden its portfolio of product development and production automation products through the acquisition of Camstar. The US-based company is a specialist in […]