The two companies are collaborating to build JLR’s robust digital network to foster supply chain resilience. The collaboration integrates AI for real-time data analysis, enhancing production efficiency and security.

JLR has jpartnered with global communications technology player, Tata Communications, to deploy Tata’s digital network to foster resilience across the OEMs production network by allowing for real-time data diagnosis, bossting vehicle build quality and efficiency. The network will bolster JLR’s operations by aligning with emerging standards such as Industry 4.0 and advanced analytics as part of the company’s Reimagine strategy.

Cloud-first SD-WAN automotive produciton

Tata Communications will implement its cloud-first, software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) technology, to connect 128 JLR global sites. This interconnected capability, spanning JLR’s headquarters, plants, warehouses, sales centres, data centres and cloud services, will significantly enhance production capabilities and supply chain efficiency and security. The ecosystem will facilitate the integration of AI-powered, real-time data analysis into production processes, optimising performance and predictive risk management for improved efficiency and vehicle quality. The infrastructure will also serve to reduce the duration required for upgrading manufacturing processes, enhancing operational resilience, and boosting agility to address production demands promptly.

The cloud-based network will connect 128 JLR production sites across the globe

The cloud-based network will connect 128 JLR production sites across the globe

The project will play an important role in JLR’s next-generation vehicle production and establish a robust foundation for the OEMs ongoing digital transformation as the automotive industry works to counterbalance disruptions, complexities and unpredictabilities across the value chain. The deployment of Tata Communications’ network transformation program is already underway and is scheduled for completion by 2025.

Tony Battle, JLR’s Group Chief Digital and Information Officer, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, stating: “This is an exciting phase in the digital transformation of our business, leveraging the technologies and capabilities of Tata Communications that will leapfrog our networks into the future. 

“Moving to SD-WAN means we can use AI powered automation to predict vulnerabilities, proactively intervene, prevent issues and perform more effectively on a global scale across our network. The cutting-edge connectivity platform will help us build the world-class ecosystem we need to deliver modern luxury vehicles and remarkable driving experiences.”

Sumeet Walia, Tata Communications’ Executive Vice President and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, added: “JLR is a global hallmark for automotive luxury and innovation. As the industry rapidly evolves, it’s an exciting time to further strengthen our relationship and support its digital transformation strategy. Tata Communications is deploying a ‘digital fabric’, comprising our agile infrastructure, platforms and managed services, that will help integrate JLR’s systems, workforce, suppliers, stakeholders and customers across the globe, delivering a seamless flow of data to enrich key aspects of the business ecosystem. 

“This partnership will also further our combined commitment to sustainability, as we join forces with JLR to digitally transform the production line of their next generation vehicles.”

This collaboration builds on the longstanding partnership between JLR and Tata Communications, with the MOVE platform having powered connected car solutions in over 600,000 JLR vehicles across more than 100 markets. The initiative also aligns with JLR’s commitment to its Reimagine strategy, emphasising collaboration with industry leaders while fostering synergies and business excellence within the broader Tata Group.

JLR’s Reimagine strategy and digital expansion across several automotive processes

This latest development is the next key step in JLR’s gradual IT and digital infrastructure expansion. During this year’s inaugural Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Digital Strategies conference in Germany, Paulina Chmielarz, director of industrial operations, digital and innovation at JLR, detailed the collaborative initiatives undertaken by the car manufacturer to formulate a digitally supported strategy for managing the product lifecycle in its assembly plants.

The digital production ecosystem is the next logical step in JLR's Reimagine strategy

The deployment of Tata Communications’ digital ecosystem is the next logical step in JLR’s Reimagine strategy

This strategy heavily relies on a foundational IT infrastructure, with Chmielarz also actively fostering increased cross-functional collaboration between JLR’s supply chain, procurement and manufacturing departments at JLR. 

JLR’s Reimagine strategy is also directing further heightened attention toward electrification and the battery supply chain. In the midst of the transition to electric EVs, JLR has been focusing on the increasing necessity for advanced technologies like artificial intelligence, especially given the emergence of new regulations shaping the automotive landscape.