A massive change in the Volkswagen Group’s IT system landscape is looming. In an interview late last year, Group CIO Martin Hofmann talks about the burden of VW’s technological legacy, cultural change within the company and the opportunities afforded by new technologies. Mr. Hofmann, the Volkswagen Group has deliberately decided against establishing a board-level digitalization Read More..
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. Their daily activities show the strains of the stringent regulatory requirements and new customer Read More..
SEAT is the first car manufacturer to join Alastria, a multi-sector network of over 70 Spanish businesses and institutions developing, testing and collaborating on a blockchain infrastructure. It is already working on a proof-of-concept blockchain project with Telefónica to improve the traceability of parts within the supply chain for its Martorell factory [pictured], as part Read More..
Global steel firm SSAB, a major supplier of steel to the automotive industry, and Kemppi, a digital welding technology specialist, have integrated their cloud-based SmartSteel and WeldEye systems for a streamlined tracking process to speed up welding. Following a successful pilot trial, SSAB clients already using the Kemppi WeldEye software can now get automatic material Read More..
Automakers are in the midst of a digital transformation that is changing every aspect of their business. Revamping the supply chain to interconnect regional operations and providing more data transparency are just two of the many ways automotive companies can speed up decision making and improve efficiencies, two industry experts said during a webinar this Read More..
Ford Motor Company has created a new organization called Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC, to be based at its campus under development in Corktown, Detroit. The new company is tasked with accelerating Ford’s autonomous vehicle business and capitalizing market opportunities, and will include Ford’s activities in self-driving integration; AV research and advanced engineering; development of AV Read More..
GT Nexus will provide a cloud-based supply chain platform to Renault, as the French automaker moves to improve its international spare parts and accessory business. The US-based business software specialist said Renault has been successfully testing the system’s ability to track spare parts exports from France to major markets such as Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Read More..
With more internal information held by outside service providers, companies face the risk of increased threats to data security, according to an independent cyber security body. “More organizations will fall victim to information security incidents at their suppliers,” the Information Security Forum (ISF) predicted. “Today’s organization’s data is increasingly spread across many parties. While the Read More..
Automotive suppliers are better at improving their supply chains than companies in other industries, according to a consultants study. BESTgroup, a German supply chain consultant, said automotive suppliers show long-term improvements in value creation, inventory management and cost control. Over similar periods, companies in other industries show little or no progress in these areas. Automotive Read More..