The Catena-X Automotive Network

May 2022

The Catena-X Automotive Network is working on a rapidly scalable, expandable ecosystem in which all participants in the automotive value chain can participate. The goal of this network is to create a uniform standard for the exchange of information and data in the entire automotive value chain.

Companies that are connected to the data room can use it to reach their entire business partner network or set up new networks.

Already a year of Catena-X Automotive Network

Since the founding of the Catena-X Automotive Network e.V. in May 2021, activities related to the development of common technological foundations, requirements and standards for the data ecosystem have been bundled in the association structure. The founders include BMW AG, Deutsche Telekom AG, Robert Bosch GmbH, SAP SE, Siemens AG and ZF Friedrichshafen AG.

Since September 2021, APLIKO GmbH can also count itself among the companies that are part of this innovative and forward-looking network. It is particularly important for us to always have our finger on the pulse of the times, in order to be able to establish any progress with our customers as quickly as possible.

The members of the Catena-X Automotive Network are automobile manufacturers and the supplier industry, dealer associations and outfitters, which also include application, platform and infrastructure providers from the IT sector. There is also a special focus on SMEs, whose active participation is of central importance for the success of the network.

Consistent data exchange for all participants in the automotive value chain

Within a separate development consortium, various areas of application were also described, from which one can understand the added value through increasing productivity and greater sustainability through a networked data infrastructure. Quality management, supply chain management, logistics, maintenance and sustainability - they form the focus of the development consortium's approaches. In order to support the digitization and transformation of the German automotive industry, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is funding the development consortium.

Governments, but also society, expect OEMs to make their contribution to climate protection and the fulfillment of global climate goals. For the first time, the Supply Chain Due Diligence Act regulates corporate responsibility for compliance with human rights in global supply chains - which obliges manufacturers to ensure responsible management of supply chains across all stages.

For this reason, the existing structures of the European automotive industry, such as processes in the area of ​​parts logistics, are to be integrated into the network and further optimized. Catena-X takes up the concepts and principles from Gaia-X and expands them as needed.

In addition to the advantages of greater efficiency in the supply chain, network participants expect more efficient quality and logistics processes, more transparency with regard to sustainably reduced CO2 emissions and simplified master data management.

Almost a year after its foundation, the Catena-X Automotive Network is now presenting itself for the first time at the Hannover Messe 2022 (May 30th - June 2nd, 2022) in Hall 8, Stand D24 with first insights into the current development of the global data ecosystem in the automotive industry.

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