VW, Daimler and BMW join new alliance for cloud-based digital ecosystem
For Pacheco, everything depends on the ability of the alliance to gradually demonstrate results.
“The initial concept and ambition are very encouraging, but the alliance needs to grow beyond Germany in order to generate a global impact in the automotive sector – not only at supplier level but also at OEM level,” said he declared.
“If the results show up and Catena-X manages to achieve truly global coverage, it can help OEMs and suppliers improve supply chain efficiency and even better prepare for future disruptions in the market. the supply chain. “
With the increase in networking, the alliance of automakers and suppliers is hoping for better conditions to further advance the transformation of the industry. Participation in the exchange aims to ensure the competitiveness of the European automotive industry in general.
“With Catena-X it will be possible to interconnect data chains based on uniform standards across the industry,” said Michael Prinz, BASF Europe Director, Transportation Segment Marketing, Performance Materials . “Alliance members are in the process of building prototypes for these scenarios in the current phase of the project.”
Prinz said exchanging data or information between businesses is increasingly becoming an industry core skill.
“We are jointly tackling a series of initial use cases related to sustainability, quality management, logistics, maintenance and supply chain management,” he said. declared. “In addition, companies in the automotive industry are formulating common requirements for software solutions so that this information exchange can be carried out easily, efficiently, fairly and securely in the future.”
Prinz said members of the exchange wanted to get process descriptions, formats, results and freely usable open source elements (for example, connectors for accessing and using the solution) and updating them. available to all players in the automotive value chain.
For Frank Göller, Head of Digital Production at VW Group, data is the central resource of digitization and an important driver on the company’s path to becoming a sustainable digital company.