Monday 14 October 2019

Volkswagen working with Amazon to improve worldwide factory efficiency

The world’s largest car manufacturer is working on an industrial cloud.

A general view of the Volkswagen Factory, Wolfsburg (Mike Egerton/PA)
A general view of the Volkswagen Factory, Wolfsburg (Mike Egerton/PA)

By Associated Press Reporter

Volkswagen has said it is partnering with Amazon to develop cloud computing capacity aimed at improving efficiency and coordination across the carmaker’s global factory network.

Volkswagen, the world’s largest carmaker by unit sales with 10.83 million vehicles sold last year, says that combining data from its 122 factories will allow it to standardise production planning and management of inventory.

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Volkswagen cars for sale at a dealership in Ashford, Kent (Gareth Fuller/PA)

That should raise efficiency and lower costs.

Based in Wolfsburg, Germany, Volkswagen said that its industrial cloud to be developed with Amazon web services would be an open platform that other companies such as suppliers could join.

Cloud computing means using a network of remote servers connected over the internet instead of installing a local server, enabling flexible access to large amounts of computing power.

“We want to create a growing industrial ecosystem with transparency and efficiency bringing benefits to all concerned,” Oliver Blume, VW’s head of production and also of its Porsche brand, said in a statement.

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A VW camper van (Yui Mok/PA)

Andy Jassy, chief executive of Amazon Web Services, was quoted in the Volkswagen statement as saying that Volkswagen’s industrial cloud “will reinvent its manufacturing and logistics processes”.

Cloud computing means using a network of remote servers connected over the internet instead of installing a local server, enabling flexible access to large amounts of computing power.

Amazon web services is part of Amazon.com, Inc, the Seattle-based technology company active in retail, publishing and TV and film production.

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