What the automotive sector currently deals with

Technical change is on eveyone's mind and doesn't spare any economic branch. The automotive industry in particular is facing new challenges that call decades of know-how into question and create the need to rethink proven processes. But what do new technologies mean for the development of this industry? Which areas are particularly affected? And how can these uncertainties be confronted and successfully contested?

In our whitepaper, you will learn where the biggest challenges in the automotive industry are located, how they can be overcome, and what role Business Process Management can play in this context.


  1. Automotive industry
    Technical change hardly stops at any sector. Thus, the automotive industry is also facing an inevitable upheaval that will permanently change all facets of this branch. The German automotive industry alone employed a total of 2.2 million people in 2019 (in the areas of motor vehicle manufacturers, automotive suppliers, manufacturers of trailers and bodies, aftermarket, trade, suppliers to other sectors and services), and generated a turnover of over 436 billion euros. These numbers illustrate the great importance of the industry for the economy and the prosperity of a society. And this despite the fact that in the same year...
  2. Electromobility
    Moving away from the combustion engine and toward alternative drive technologies is the motto. Electromobility can be found on everyone‘s agenda and is significantly influenced by regulatory requirements from the political system. According to the Climate Protection Program 2030 adopted by the German government on October 9, 2019, emissions in the transport sector are to be reduced by 40 to 42 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. This is to be achieved with a broad package of promoting electromobility, strengthening the railroads
    and CO2 pricing (Source: German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy). Climate protection and the sustainable improvement of our environment therefore inevitably lead to the need within the automotive industry to retool manufacturing processes in the long term, to restructure jobs and decades of know-how, and also to adapt suppliers to the new requirements. The following example illustrates this impressively...
  3. Digitization
    Hardly any other buzzword is currently as prevalent in the economy as digitalization. It is also finding its way into the automotive industry and is becoming increasingly relevant - on several levels. The car is becoming a ,device on wheels‘ and, in addition to its familiar features, is now also set to become more of a data-based ecosystem. But while the networking of the car with a smartphone is nothing new for many manufacturers and customers, there is far more potential. This is because the vehicles are turning into fully comprehensive infotainment systems and will also be equipped with various tracking solutions in the future. This facilitates the collection of vehicle data, enabling cars to communicate directly with infrastructures such as customer service or workshops. However, many car manufacturers do not see their...
  4. Automation
    As part of digitization, automation is inevitably becoming more and more important. In the automotive industry, this affects two areas in particular: production as well as manufacturing, and the vehicles themselves. Increasing automation is currently changing the entire manufacturing and production process, leading to an overall improvement in efficiency and a reduction in ongoing costs. Employees can be relieved by machines, have to perform less physical work and the number of repetitive tasks decreases. The use of robots ensures consistently high quality, production batches can be increased, and human workers have more time for challenging and creative tasks. In short...

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