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The digital transformation of the italian automotive supply chains

The automotive sector is experiencing a period of great challenges induced by technological change within Industry 4.0. The sector is constantly evolving, transformed by the introduction of advanced automation and digitization technologies that are making traditional processes more efficient, as well as the entry of new players offering technological implementation and integration services and consulting (system integrators). This change requires thinking about data management and use, organizational and managerial practices, human resources and how to collaborate with the supply chain (customers and system integrator). 

The analysis of the automotive sector is relevant for at least two aspects:

  • strategic sector for the Italian economy in terms of employment and income with 93 billion Euros of turnover, about 5.6% of Italian GDP in 2015 and 250 thousand employees (direct and indirect) in 2016 (latest data available)
  • Innovative sector that experiments with organisational (e.g. lean production) and technological innovations that later spread to other manufacturing sectors.

It is therefore of great interest for both automotive companies and institutions to have, for the first time at macro level, a complete picture of the Italian automotive sector in response to the digital transformation, a comparative picture with the North American automotive sector and at micro level for the companies participating in the research a personalized and comparative picture (“benchmark“).

Research objectives

The objectives of FAI Digital research are to examine, in the context of the suppliers of the Italian automotive supply chain:

  • the main technological, organizational, managerial and operational challenges faced by the plants
  • adoption levels and usage trends of the main technologies of Industry 4.0
  • methods of collection and integration of production data
  • use of the data collected to make operational decisions (data-driven decision making)
  • the adoption of organizational practices of continuous improvement and involvement of workers (lean systems)
  • perceived skills gap regarding the technical operational and line management figures
  • collaboration with the supply chain: system integrators and customers

Research Metodology

The research methodology is based on a questionnaire divided into three sections addressed to production managers, human resources managers and sales managers of the production plants of suppliers in the Italian automotive supply chain, and aims to understand how companies are facing the challenge related to the digitization of production and product development activities created by Industria 4.0.

The research also included field visits and direct interviews with the management of some Italian companies (14 companies in the sample).

The Sample

The research was conducted on a representative sample of companies in the Italian automotive supply chain, consisting of 19% of large companies, and mainly concentrated in Piedmont (45% of companies).

The sample consists of companies active in the supply chain as specialized suppliers of individual components, subcontractors, module and “system” manufacturers and companies active in design and engineering. Overall, 40% of the sample operates as a tier-1 supplier to the world’s leading carmakers. 54% of the tier-1 suppliers (in total 22% of the entire sample analysed) are active as suppliers mainly for FCA and CNH Industrial, while 21% for the Volkswagen group and about 8% for the PSA group.

The research has also been conducted in the United States and this has allowed an important benchmarking activity between the automotive supply chains of the two countries in relation to the diffusion of Industria 4.0 and production systems inspired by the lean philosophy.

SCIENTIFIC DIRECTORS
Prof. Aldo Geuna | Collegio Carlo Alberto
Prof. Paolo Neirotti | Politecnico di Torino
Prof. Emilio Paolucci | Politecnico di Torino

RESEARCH TEAM
Ruggero Colombari | Politecnico di Torino
Riccardo Ricci | Politecnico di Torino
Daniele Secci | Politecnico di Torino

Research Participation – FAQ

  1. Is the search still open?
    Yes, the search is open and will be open for the whole of 2020.
  2. What does it mean: participate in the research?
    The company’s participation in the research consists of filling in a google form, which can be completed online through a personalised link or in an “analogue” version through the completion of an editable document.
  3. To whom is the research addressed?
    The research has as its analysis unit the production plant and is addressed to three main figures: production managers, human resources managers and sales managers of the production plants. These three figures will have to fill in their own competence section.
  4. Is it compulsory to participate in the research?
    No, participation in the research is on a voluntary basis.
  5. How will the data provided by the company be used and disseminated?
    The processing of personal and company data provided by the interested parties is aimed only at scientific use and in compliance with current legislation. The data collected may be disseminated only for scientific and study purposes in aggregate and anonymous form on electronic and paper. The data controller is the Politecnico di Torino.
  6. What do I get in case of participation in the research?
    The research team provides a personalized benchmark report to each company participating in the research that allows the company to understand where more organizational, managerial and technological investments are needed for the digital transformation.

  7. How do you participate in the research?
    Participation in the research is by invitation only. If the company is interested in participating in the research, please fill this form with an email contact
  8. I would like to know more about this research. Where can I find the information?
    The research website http://eic.polito.it/fai-digital/ contains detailed information about the research (e.g. survey design, methodology, questionnaire). For further information you can write an email to faidigital@polito.it. or contact by email the members of the research team Riccardo Ricci (riccardo.ricci@polito.it), Ruggero Colombari (ruggero.colombari@polito.it) or Daniele Secci (daniele.secci@polito.it).
  9. I need support in completing the questionnaire.  Who can I contact?
    A help desk is available at the e-mail address faidigital@polito.it that answers to any problems or doubts found in the compilation.
  10. Discover more about information on data processing here!


GECKO

The acronym gecko derives from: Improving enGineers’ Employability with multi-Competencies, Knowledge and Opportunities.
The acronym perfectly expresses the goal set by EIC in collaboration with prestigious partner universities, such as:

  • Université de Montpellier
  • Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia
  • Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
  • Uppsala Universitet
  • Politecnico di Torino
  • Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan
  • University of the Philippines
  • Ateneo de Manila University
  • Universitas Gadjah Mada
  • Institut Teknologie Bandung
  • Burapha University
  • Ubon Rutchathani University
  • Kasetsart University

The method used to achieve the set objectives is to develop training modules in the management field, appropriately adapted to the needs of engineering students and to support training activities for teachers working in Asian countries.


Project coordinator: Alessandra Colombelli

Clicca qui per la versione in Italiano

The digital transformation of the italian automotive supply chains | FAI_DIGITAL

The automotive sector is experiencing a period of great challenges induced by technological change within Industry 4.0. The sector is constantly evolving, transformed by the introduction of advanced automation and digitization technologies that are making traditional processes more efficient, as well as the entry of new players offering technological implementation and integration services and consulting (system integrators). This change requires thinking about data management and use, organizational and managerial practices, human resources and how to collaborate with the supply chain (customers and system integrator).

The analysis of the automotive sector is relevant for at least two aspects:

  • strategic sector for the Italian economy in terms of employment and income with 93 billion Euros of turnover, about 5.6% of Italian GDP in 2015 and 250 thousand employees (direct and indirect) in 2016 (latest data available)
  • Innovative sector that experiments with organisational (e.g. lean production) and technological innovations that later spread to other manufacturing sectors.

It is therefore of great interest for both automotive companies and institutions to have, for the first time at macro level, a complete picture of the Italian automotive sector in response to the digital transformation, a comparative picture with the North American automotive sector and at micro level for the companies participating in the research a personalized and comparative picture (“benchmark“).

Research objectives

The objectives of FAI Digital research are to examine, in the context of the suppliers of the Italian automotive supply chain:

  • the main technological, organizational, managerial and operational challenges faced by the plants
  • adoption levels and usage trends of the main technologies of Industry 4.0
  • methods of collection and integration of production data
  • use of the data collected to make operational decisions (data-driven decision making)
  • the adoption of organizational practices of continuous improvement and involvement of workers (lean systems)
  • perceived skills gap regarding the technical operational and line management figures
  • collaboration with the supply chain: system integrators and customers

Research Metodology

The research methodology is based on a questionnaire divided into three sections addressed to production managers, human resources managers and sales managers of the production plants of suppliers in the Italian automotive supply chain, and aims to understand how companies are facing the challenge related to the digitization of production and product development activities created by Industria 4.0.

The research also included field visits and direct interviews with the management of some Italian companies (14 companies in the sample).

The Sample

The research was conducted on a representative sample of companies in the Italian automotive supply chain, consisting of 19% of large companies, and mainly concentrated in Piedmont (45% of companies).



The sample consists of companies active in the supply chain as specialized suppliers of individual components, subcontractors, module and “system” manufacturers and companies active in design and engineering. Overall, 40% of the sample operates as a tier-1 supplier to the world’s leading carmakers. 54% of the tier-1 suppliers (in total 22% of the entire sample analysed) are active as suppliers mainly for FCA and CNH Industrial, while 21% for the Volkswagen group and about 8% for the PSA group.

The research has also been conducted in the United States and this has allowed an important benchmarking activity between the automotive supply chains of the two countries in relation to the diffusion of Industria 4.0 and production systems inspired by the lean philosophy.

Research Team

SCIENTIFIC DIRECTORS
Prof. Aldo Geuna | Collegio Carlo Alberto
Prof. Paolo Neirotti | Politecnico di Torino
Prof. Emilio Paolucci | Politecnico di Torino

RESEARCH TEAM
Ruggero Colombari | Politecnico di Torino
Riccardo Ricci | Politecnico di Torino
Daniele Secci | Politecnico di Torino

Research Participation – FAQ

  1. Is the search still open?
    Yes, the search is open and will be open for the whole of 2020.
  2. What does it mean: participate in the research?
    The company’s participation in the research consists of filling in a google form, which can be completed online through a personalised link or in an “analogue” version through the completion of an editable document.
  3. To whom is the research addressed?
    The research has as its analysis unit the production plant and is addressed to three main figures: production managers, human resources managers and sales managers of the production plants. These three figures will have to fill in their own competence section.
  4. Is it compulsory to participate in the research?
    No, participation in the research is on a voluntary basis.
  5. How will the data provided by the company be used and disseminated?
    The processing of personal and company data provided by the interested parties is aimed only at scientific use and in compliance with current legislation. The data collected may be disseminated only for scientific and study purposes in aggregate and anonymous form on electronic and paper. The data controller is the Politecnico di Torino.
  6. What do I get in case of participation in the research?
    The research team provides a personalized benchmark report to each company participating in the research that allows the company to understand where more organizational, managerial and technological investments are needed for the digital transformation.  

  7. How do you participate in the research?
    Participation in the research is by invitation only. If the company is interested in participating in the research, please fill this form with an email contact
  8. I would like to know more about this research. Where can I find the information?
    The research website http://eic.polito.it/fai-digital/ contains detailed information about the research (e.g. survey design, methodology, questionnaire). For further information you can write an email to faidigital@polito.it. or contact by email the members of the research team Riccardo Ricci (riccardo.ricci@polito.it), Ruggero Colombari (ruggero.colombari@polito.it) or Daniele Secci (daniele.secci@polito.it).
  9. I need support in completing the questionnaire.  Who can I contact?
    A help desk is available at the e-mail address faidigital@polito.it that answers to any problems or doubts found in the compilation.
  10. Discover more about information on data processing here!