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Analysis: Why VW chose Amazon for its industrial cloud

2019-04-02T09:50:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

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IT and software keep Daimler ahead in China

2019-05-18T13:20:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

The vehicle manufacturer has a dedicated IT organisation in Greater China, led by Stefan Eberhardt, which is focusing on front-end development, improving digital customer experiences and benefiting from the country’s huge tech and startup scene – all of it strategic to Daimler and Mercedes-Benz growth in the world’s largest market.

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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


Borgwarner forms battery JV with Romeo Power

2019-05-08T08:56:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Borgwarner plans to enter into a joint venture with Romeo Power Technology to manufacture battery packs for electric vehicles.


VW plans supply chain project using blockchain technology

2019-04-29T09:29:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Volkswagen plans a pilot project that will use blockchain technology to gain greater transparency in its global supply chain.

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Renault addresses "last-mile" deliveries with experimental van

2019-04-17T15:27:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Renault unveiled an experimental electric and connected van designed to improve the efficiency of so-called “last-mile” deliveries in urban areas.

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Truck makers count on connected tech to improve productivity

2019-04-15T11:39:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Truck makers are embracing connectivity, data and digital tools to improve logistics and fleet efficiency.


In the service of free trade

2019-04-14T23:54:00+01:00Sponsored by DP World

Free trade zones offer many tax, technology and logistical benefits to the automotive supply chain. DP Word, with its flagship facility in Dubai, wants to expand these services in markets in the Middle East and Africa, as well as the UK and US


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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Analysis: Plan for supply chain attacks

2019-04-05T14:04:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

The US Department for Homeland Security sees risks in the supply chain increasing, including for the aumotive industry

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AWS looks to fast movers in the auto industry

2019-04-02T16:43:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

AWS vice president Dirk Didascalou talks about could opportunities across the automotive supply chain.

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BMW, Microsoft launch manufacturing platform based on open standards

2019-04-02T15:13:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

BMW and Microsoft launched a technology platform designed to improve manufacturing efficiency, break down traditional barriers between proprietary systems and foster increased cooperation with other industry partners.


Analysis: Why VW chose Amazon for its industrial cloud

2019-04-02T09:50:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Volkswagen is partnering with Amazon Web Services for its manufacturing and supply chain cloud, after choosing Microsoft for mobility. Why does it need two clouds with different providers?

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VW selects Amazon to make production, logistics more efficient

2019-03-29T07:02:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard

Volkswagen Group will rely on Amazon Web Services (AWS) to automate manufacturing and logistics processes across its network of 122 plants and more than 30,000 facilities that make up the group’s global supply chain.


Bosch to showcase 3d printing, other manufacturing technologies at Hannover Messe

2019-03-27T09:47:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard

Bosch will show a range of new technologies at the Hannover Messe that will demonstrate that the factory of the future is quickly becoming reality.


Honda North America prepares for the EV era

2019-03-26T11:56:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Honda is making some some massive changes across its operations in North America as it prepares for a surge in production of electric vehicles and a big rise in supply chain and technology costs.

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Faurecia looks to digital services, underpinned by IT and data

2019-03-25T23:44:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Dr. René Deist is leading a transformation of Faurecia’s global IT systems and processes to digitalize the supply chain and develop products faster – as well as to support new business models.


ZF to demonstrate smart logistics at Hannover Messe

2019-03-25T17:00:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard

ZF Friedrichshafen plans to demonstrate its IoT platform to help create a “seamless supply chain” at the Hannover Messe, in a bid to show that data, connectivity and digital twins hold the key to manufacturing and logistics improvements.

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IT takes a front seat for innovation at Visteon

2019-03-19T22:09:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

CIO Raman Mehta is leading a dramatic modernization of Visteon’s IT and IS architecture and enterprise systems, helping the cockpit electronics supplier to further digitalize its engineering, production and supply chain.


More than just spare parts: technology in the aftermarket

2019-03-12T11:14:00+00:00By Malcolm Wheatley

Changing technology in the vehice and in IT could fundamentally  transform the automotive aftermarket

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