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Oliver Zipse to become next CEO of BMW

2019-07-19T08:24:00+01:00

Oliver Zipse, who has been in charge of BMW’s manufacturing operations since 2015, will become CEO of the German premium car group August 16.

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At Audi, going virtual in preparation of e-tron GT production

2019-07-18T11:15:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Audi is embracing virtual reality (VR) and other digital technologies as it gets ready to build its first electric sedan, the e-tron GT.

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​Fiat Chrysler starts building new assembly line for Fiat 500 BEV production

2019-07-18T09:11:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

FCA starts building a new assembly line at its Mirafiori plant in Turin to prepare for the arrival of the electric Fiat 500 in 2020.

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Ford, VW join forces as costs rise, markets fall

2019-07-17T10:44:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Volkswagen and Ford agree to jointly develop autonomous vehicle technology. Also, Ford plans to build EVs on VW’s MEB platform.

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Bosch plans for an almost fully digital supply chain by 2021

2019-07-11T09:01:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Robert Bosch wants to handle 85% of its global purchasing using cloud and platform technologies by 2021.

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Seat’s Martorell plant gets first parts delivery by drone

2019-07-10T17:16:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Seat’s car plant in Martorell, Spain, received its first parts delivery by drone Wednesday, as it works to improve efficiency in its manufacturing operations.

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Study: Automotive supply chain lacks transparency

2019-07-10T07:35:00+01:00By Werner Beutnagel

Automotive companies are among the biggest spenders on the digitalization of their supply chains, but a new study finds that they suffer from a lack of transparency when it comes to capturing costs.

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Volvo Cars signs pact with Capgemini on digital transformation

2019-07-08T11:11:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Volvo Cars has locked in the services of Capgemini to digitalize its operations and modernize its IT landscape, the consulting and technology services company said.

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FCA’s North America CIO to speak at Detroit automotiveIT event

2019-07-05T10:29:00+01:00

Fiat Chrysler North America CIO Mamatha Chamarthi will deliver a keynote address at the upcoming Go innovate! Live conference in Detroit in September.

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Volkswagen brand officially gets its own CIO

2019-07-05T09:01:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

The Volkswagen brand is officially getting its own CIO as the VW Group puts in place a comprehensive reorganization of its IT operations.

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Automotive Production Summit: Focus on electrification, sustainability

2019-07-01T17:53:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Electrification, high investment costs and environmental concerns are major factors driving changes in automotive manufacturing, executives said at an industry gathering here Monday.

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Porsche CIO: “Coming out with the perfect product idea isn’t always the main issue”

2019-06-28T08:27:00+01:00By Ralf Bretting, Hilmar Dunker

Porsche CIO Mattias Ulbrich, who headed IT at Volkswagen Group’s premium brand Audi until last year, wants to make digital transformation an emotional and passionate mission at the carmaker. He talks to automotiveIT about new business models, artificial intelligence and the need to invest in IT modernization.

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Ford adds new automation, cobots and 3D printing to Chicago plant

2019-06-26T07:54:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

In a $1 billion upgrade, the American carmaker has added a host of new technology and digital processes to modernize its oldest continuously operating plant.

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Ultima Media launches B2B automotive data, insight and intelligence unit with Automotive Analyst appointment

2019-06-25T12:19:00+01:00By automotiveIT International

Daniel Harrison has been appointed Automotive Analyst at Ultima Media, the B2B media business which owns a portfolio of brands and channels including automotiveIT International, Automotive Manufacturing Solutions, Automotive Logistics and Car Design News.

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Daimler will build the first 5G network for serial car production

2019-06-24T22:02:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Mercedes-Benz is building a 5G mobile network with Telefónica and Ericsson for car production at its high-tech ‘Factory 56’ in Sindelfingen, Germany.

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Volkswagen makes Dresden a center for its industrial cloud

2019-06-24T21:21:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Volkswagen has opened a new IT center today at its factory in Dresden, Germany that is set to play an important role in the carmaker’s cloud, hardware and software applications, in particular across digital assembly and logistics processes.

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Volkswagen to invest €4 billion in IT systems and digital staff, while eliminating unproductive jobs

2019-06-05T13:34:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

The group has committed to modernising IT systems and increasing digital skills as part of a plan that could eventually shed thousands of roles across the Volkswagen brand and component divisions.

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Ford trials self-driving factory robot

2019-05-17T16:48:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Ford is trialling an autonomous robot to deliver parts at its assembly and stamping plant in Valencia, Spain, with a view to using the machine at other factories.

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Vehicle production: Stay connected, stay safe

2019-05-16T14:48:00+01:00By Nick Holt

Automotive production networks have become far more connected but also more exposed to problems with IT and OT network security and compatibility. Nick Boughton, digital lead at Boulting Technology, explains how manufacturers should be more aware and prepared

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AGCO harvests more value from IT

2019-04-05T16:02:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Like automotive firms, agricultural equipment maker AGCO is planting the seeds of transformation, implementing a common global IT infrastructure, more digital manufacturing processes and an agile approach to IT service and development.

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