Manufacturing in a new automotive landscape

The automotive industry is being reshaped faster than ever before. Technology advancements are transforming our means of transportation from into ever-more complex machines comprised of advanced software, electronics, and mechanical systems. As our vehicles continue to transform, they also become more sustainable, entertaining, and connected to best fit the needs of customers in the future.

To stay relevant in this fast-changing market, automakers must revisit how they approach all aspects of product design, development, and manufacturing. Electrification, autonomy, and connectivity are driving requirements for more computing power, more electronic control units, and clever packaging of these many devices into the vehicle. Meanwhile, sustainability and efficiency efforts require optimizations in energy usage and the efficiency of the overall vehicle design. With complexity increasing, companies must determine how to continue to advance vehicle design, features, and technologies to realize the potential of the future of mobility, despite the challenge of growing complexity.

Simultaneously, the world of automotive manufacturing is also being disrupted. Production processes must become more flexible, adaptable, and efficient to support greater vehicle customizability and promote sustainability initiatives. As investment in the research and development of new technologies like vehicle electri´Čücation and autonomous driving continues; however, some automotive manufacturers have tried to carry on with traditional manufacturing processes and outmoded equipment. By continuing to do so, they jeopardize their market position by risking production line disruptions, failed launches, and penalties for noncompliance to increasingly strict regulations.

In a new episode of the Future Car podcast, we are back with Nand Kochhar, VP of Automotive and Transportation Industries at Siemens Digital Industries Software, to discuss the future of automotive manufacturing. We are going to dive into the challenges being created by the changing landscape in the automotive industry and the effect this is having on manufacturing processes and facilities at the OEM and tier 1-supplier level. We will also discuss how companies can deal with these challenges.

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This article first appeared on the Siemens Digital Industries Software blog at https://blogs.sw.siemens.com/podcasts/the-future-car/conor-peick/manufacturing-in-a-new-automotive-landscape/