Smart factories could see car manufacturers gain $160bn

Posted on 2 May 2018 by Jonny Williamson

The automotive industry can expect to achieve upwards of $160bn in annual productivity gains through the adoption of smart factory technology from 2023 onwards.

Smart Factories - The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) set out its priorities to assure the UK automotive industry’s future success - image courtesy of Depositphotos.
The automotive sector has the highest share of organisations who have invested more than $250m in smart factories – image courtesy of Depositphotos.

Almost half of all automotive business have invested more than $250m in smart factories, according to new research, more than any other sector.

The world’s top 10 automotive manufactures can expect to realise an additional $4.6bn – or a 50% growth in operational profits – annually within five years of a full smart factory implementation.

The report, published by Capgemini’s Digital Transformation Institute, predicts that the average productivity growth of smart factories within the automotive sector will be 7% as of 2023, while an automotive manufacturer can expect to break-even within 12 months of executing the full potential of its smart factories.

By the end of 2022, automotive manufacturers expect that 24% of their plants will be classed as smart factories. Nearly half of automotive companies (46%) already have a smart factory initiative, behind only industrial manufacturing (67%) and aerospace (63%).

Initiatives around the creation of smart factories are currently being formalised by 43% of automotive companies. According to the report, the automotive sector has the highest share (49%) of organisations who have invested more than $250m in smart factories.

However, 42% of automotive manufacturers accept they are not on track to realize the full potential of smart factories and are struggling with the technology move. This is the highest across all the manufacturing sectors studied.

The report identified that those making the best progress are investing three-times more than the companies who are struggling. The more advanced manufacturers are also investing in software such as advanced analytics and AI-based components, whereas those struggling focus too heavily on hardware-based components putting them on the back foot.

While a large proportion (46%) of OEMs have reportedly been successful in their smart factory initiatives, less than a third of automotive suppliers (32%) claim to have been successful.

The report highlights that OEMs are leading the way, but could do more to help suppliers adopt smart factories. For example, it highlights that OEMs can contribute through financial support and working closely with suppliers on innovation via start-ups and academies.

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