Digital Supply Chain – Page 14

  • hella xiamen 2012.automotiveIT

    Hella expands in China with new plant


    Hella hopes its new plant in Xiamen will help grow its Chinese business (Photo: Hella) Hella is boosting its presence in China with the opening of a new production facility in Xiamen in the southeastern part of the country. The Germany-based automotive lighting group said the new location, which will ...

  • bpm metasonic.automotiveIT

    German poll sees strong BPM demand in auto industry


    BPM is seen as important but only 23 pc of German companies have a solution in place (Photo: Metasonic) Demand for business process management software is set to be bigger in the auto industry than in other industrial sectors, according to a German poll. The survey, carried out by Software ...

  • Ford EV.automotiveIT

    In EV boost, Ford to double battery-testing capacity


    Later this year, Ford will launch 5 new EVs in the US, including the 2013 Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid (pictured) Ford Motor will double its battery-testing capacity next year as it accelerates its plans to bring more hybrid and full electric vehicles to market. The US-based automaker also said it ...

  • slm.automotiveIT

    PTC ready to acquire Servigistics


    Many companies don’t pay enough attention to service lifecycle management, PTC says (Photo: Servigistics) PTC has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Servigistics in a move it says will expand its offering of service lifecycle management (SLM) products. The US-based business software group said the addition of Servigistics' products will ...

  • chrysler 3d.automotiveIT

    At Chrysler, 3D technology improves factory planning


    3D lets engineers see how parts are delivered to an operator in the "Golden Zone” (Photo: Chrysler) Chrysler is using new 3D technology to plan for the launch of two new transmissions at its Kokomo, Indiana, factory. The US carmaker, which is majority-owned by Italy's Fiat, said it is using ...

  • dassault.automotiveIT

    Dassault bundles applications to address car design complexity


    Dassault Systems has grouped several of its applications in a package designed to manage the complexity of building increasingly electrified vehicles. The simulation software, CAD/CAM and product lifecycle management specialist said its "Smart, Safe & Connected Car" solution will accelerate the development of embedded systems while helping automakers meet all ...

  • psa varin.automotiveIT

    PSA plans layoffs, restructuring to restore profit


    CEO Varin says PSA needs to bring production capacity in line with the market (Photo: PSA) PSA/Peugeot-Citroen said it is planning to close a plant, lay off several thousand workers and reorganize its operations to restore profitability. The French carmaker, which said it will report a first-half operating loss in ...

  • consulting.automotiveIT

    Gartner: Global IT spending to rise 3 pc in 2012


     Gartner says IT consultants are in demand, but global IT spending remains lackluster (Photo: Gartner) Global IT spending is set to rise 3 pc in 2012 to 3.6 trillion dlrs, with investments in cloud-based services posting particularly strong growth, according to a Gartner forecast. The market researchers said the ...

  • dell.automotiveIT

    Dell to acquire software maker Quest


    Dell is acquiring Quest in a move that will expand the company's software capabilities in systems management, security and other areas. The US-based computer and IT services group said it hopes the acquisition will bolster its competitive position in delivering end-to-end IT solutions. "The addition of Quest will enable Dell ...

  • bmw reithofer toyoda.automotiveIT

    Toyota, BMW broaden pact and may build joint sports car


    Toyota’s Toyoda (left) and BMW’s Reithofer agree to step up cooperation (Photo: BMW) Toyota and BMW last week said they plan to broaden their cooperation in technologies that will help define the cars of tomorrow. The two automakers said they will explore cooperation possibilities in the areas of powertrain electrification, ...


    With Yammer acquisition, Microsoft to offer more cloud-based software


    Yammer provides an internal business communication platform for companies (Photo: Yammer) With the planned acquisition of the Yammer social-networking company, Microsoft plans to further expand its offering of cloud-based services. The US-based s0ftware group said it will pay 1.2 billion dlrs in cash for Yammer, which provides a business-oriented social ...

  • Kroes.Marchionne..automotiveIT

    EU's Kroes: Europe needs a Cloud strategy


    Kroes, seen here meeting with Fiat Chief Sergio Marchionne, wants Cloud computing to help improve competitiveness (Photo: EU Commission) European Union Commissioner Neelie Kroes this week made an impassioned plea for a European Cloud strategy, saying a coordinated approach to the new technology could generate major savings for businesses and ...

  • sap graphic.automotiveIT

    Walldorf - SAP partner conference


    SAP partners want a joint strategy to cooperate with the business software maker (Photo: SAP) The SAP community will discuss IT security, compliance and other key issues when it holds its annual partner conference on Oct 17 near the SAP headquarters in Walldorf, Germany. The event, organized by the International ...

  • catia v6.dassault.automotiveIT

    Webasto upgrades to Catia V6


    Dassault Systemes also announced the latest release of its  Catia software (Photo: Dassault Systemes) Webasto is upgrading its PLM systems to Catia V6 from V5, software consultancy Cenit said. The upgrade will allow the Germany-based automotive roof specialist to manage all licenses held by its global units centrally Bernd ...

  • bmw-telekom.automotiveIT

    50,000 German BMW employees get Telekom sim cards


    More than 50,000 German BMW employees will get Deutsche Telekom sim cards for their business-related mobile communications, the German telecommunications group said. The two companies signed an agreement that runs through the end of 2019 and plan to expand the cooperation to other countries. Telekom said it will integrate the ...

  • hella baic.automotiveIT

    With BAIC tie-up, Hella wants to move into Chinese passenger car market


    Hella and BAIC executives meet to sign their joint venture agreement (Photo: Hella) Hella plans to expand its Chinese activities into passenger car lighting systems by teaming up with BAIC, one of the country's biggest automotive groups. The German automotive lighting specialist said BAIC will own 50 pc of a ...

  • trumpf.automotiveIT

    Germany's Trumpf opts for Pool4tool supplier portal


    Trumpf headquarters in Ditzingen, southern Germany, manages all group processes (Photo: Trumpf) German machine-tool maker Trumpf has chosen the Pool4tool portal to improve its management of supplier relations. ESolutions from Pool4tool, an Austrian specialist for eBusiness and SAP software solutions, is used as a Cloud-based service. The processes are fully ...


    BMW opens 2nd China plant


    BMW, Brilliance and local Chinese officials attended the official opening of BMW’s 2nd Chinese plant this week (Photo: BMW) BMW and its joint-venture partner Brilliance opened a second plant in China,increasing production capacity in the key market to 200,000 vehicles a year. The German premium car makerand its partner will ...

  • SAP.automotiveIT

    SAP to acquire Cloud services provider Ariba


    SAP’s Ariba acquisition is set to boost the German group’s Cloud-based offering (Photo: SAP) SAP plans to acquire US-based Cloud services provider Ariba for about 4.3 billion dlrs. The German business software group said the acquisition, which is set to close in the third quarter, will combine Ariba's buyer-seller collaboration ...

  • sap purchasing.automotiveIT

    Survey: Purchasers do without IT support


    SAP and other sofware makers have limited success in corporate purchasing departments, a RAAD study shows (Photo: SAP) Purchasing departments at German companies more often than not manage without IT systems that are tailored to their requirements. According to a survey conducted last year by Germany's RAAD Research, fewer than ...