Maintenance teams at the Ingolstadt factory have a new app on test, developed an inhouse to provide live updates from across the assembly process direct to their smartphones
With the coronavirus pandemic causing a level of automotive plant shutdowns not seen since the second world war, suppliers and logistics providers will face failures without direct support from government, and close collaboration with OEMs and industry.
AR in factory floor design is helping VW make decisions faster and spot potential issues sooner
Algeria has ambitions to be the Africa’s next major automotive manufacturing hub and the OEMs are lining up to make it happen
A paintshop water treatment innovation is helping Bentley achieve sustainability targets and reduce consumption
As it marks the 125th anniversary of the company, Skoda is chalking up record-breaking output
With new products and an expanding production network, Skoda is managing to achieve greater influence and standing despite the challenges of a changing market
CEO Adrian Hallmark has led Bentley since February 2018 when he returned to the company he originally left back in 2005 as sales and marketing director. He remained in the VW Group before leaving for a seven-year stretch at Jaguar Land Rover. He retook the reigns in a dark time, presiding over the company’s first loss in seven years, but as he tells AMS, he is making changes at the plant to make it more cost effective and planning for an electric future.
After more than half a century of carmaking, major changes are underway at Bentley’s Crewe headquarters as the luxury brand enacts a leaner and streamlined phase
Audi has begun testing the ergonomic benefits of exoskeleton systems for workers at its Ingolstadt plant
Martin Hofmann, chief information office of the Volkswagen Group (pictured, right), explains how the carmaker is transforming its IT system backbone and legacy infrastructure across manufacturing, purchasing, supply chain and engineering – and how Volkswagen is now able to attract top software talent.
Volkswagen Group’s landmark project with Amazon Web Services will help to connect all its global factories, and eventually the supply chain as well. At the core of the project is a drive to establish a standard software stack that will transform the way production IT is developed and implemented across Volkswagen locations.
Volkswagen Group IT has opened or expanded global IT and software centers, with growing significance across the company’s IT research and operations. Check out a map of their key locations and functions.
Over the past two years, Volkswagen’s central Group IT division, led by CIO Martin Hofmann, has been expanding staff numbers, investment and digital projects across the group’s business processes, and working more closely with brands like Audi, Porsche and Skoda. In the first of a multi-part article special on Group IT, we explain the evolving shape of the organisation.
Volkswagen’s vision for its newly-converted Zwickau plant is that it will become an emobility flagship – a state-of-the-art, flexible, high-tech factory with digitalisation underpinning all areas. Now series production of the ID.3 electric vehicle has begun there, VW’s new era is formally underway…
Trade uncertainties such as those between the US and China, or the UK and the EU, could put the brakes on growth in the electric vehicle and battery supply chain for some OEMs and countries, despite bullish forecasts for alternative powertrains
Germany - The new Golf is being produced faster than its predecessor thanks to various improvements to the Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant
UK - Bentley Motors is now producing the new Flying Spur at its Crewe plant
UK - The Bentley Motors plant in Crewe is now operating as a carbon neutral facility