Ten mid-sized German automotive suppliers plan to jointly buy in IT products in an effort to build scale together and reduce costs, one of their CIOs said Thursday.
"In October, when we first discussed this, I didn't think we could do it," said Christian Ley, CIO of Brose. "But we have decided to do something together and now we have sourced end-user equipment for 120,000 people."
"By comparison, Brose alone has 17,000 employees.
In addition to Brose, the following suppliers are part of the group: Hella, Behr, Mann + Hummel, Benteler, Mahle, Leoni, Draexlmaier, Webasto and Grammer.
Ley told the automotiveDAYconference during the CeBIT high-tech fair that the group wants to agree on joint standards and joint purchasing of IT products such as personal computers and monitors that are de facto commodities.
He said the group is agreeing on specifications, conducts joint tests of products and is now taking action to jointly source a range of products. "It's working very well," Ley said.
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