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Talking automotive supply chain with Capgemini experts

Exploring priorities for the future of the automotive supply chain

Not long ago, automotive companies’ top priority for their supply chain was usually efficiency. In view of global trends in the automotive supply chain, it’s clear that is no longer enough. But what should the priorities be now?

Some of the candidates are obvious. Take resilience, for example. Recent automotive industry supply chain disruptions, starting with the pandemic and continuing with events in eastern Europe, have highlighted just how dependent automakers are on suppliers at all levels, not just tier 1s. Clearly, the resilience of the supply chain is critical to the resilience of the whole business.

Another potential priority area for the automotive supply chain is sustainability. Despite some regional backtracking on EV targets, regulatory and stakeholder pressure on the industry to reduce its carbon footprint is only going to increase in the longer term. The supply chain is a key contributor to that footprint, and therefore meeting sustainability goals depends on supply chain optimization.

Launched in September 2023 at the IAA Mobility show, our newest Capgemini Research Institute report takes a deep dive into the automotive supply chain. The report analyzes a recent survey of more than 1,000 industry leaders in 10 countries to see how successfully companies are juggling their priorities. Among other findings, it emerges that resilience has, of necessity, been a primary focus for automakers in recent times, while sustainability objectives often seem to have been deprioritized. The report then discusses how companies can transform the automotive supply chain to cope with a new landscape characterized by repeated disruption.

To provide additional insights into how the automotive supply chain must evolve, we’ve interviewed five groups of automotive supply chain specialists from across Capgemini Group. The resultant videos focus on four different possible priorities – resilience, sustainability, agility, and innovation – and in each case identify automotive supply chain trends that can help automakers achieve their goals. The videos also illustrate Capgemini’s breadth and depth of expertise and experience in tackling supply chain challenges in the automotive industry.

You’ll discover that trade-offs between objectives such as resilience and sustainability can often be avoided, because improvements in one area can also benefit others. For example, switching to local suppliers can improve both resilience and sustainability.

To learn more, please download our infographic overview, and then watch the videos summarizing our experts’ perspectives. Also available are a recent point of view report about transforming the automotive supply chain, and an IDC Industry Spotlight about automotive supply chain challenges and solutions, sponsored by Capgemini.

Together, we believe these resources will tell you a lot of what you need to know about the automotive supply chain. If you have more questions, or would like to discuss applying these ideas to your own business, please get in touch with our experts.

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Meet our experts

Alexandre Audoin

EVP, Head of Global Automotive Industry, Capgemini
Alexandre Audoin is Capgemini Group’s global leader for the automotive industry and head of automotive within Capgemini Engineering (formerly Altran). Alexandre maintains a special focus on the creation of Intelligent Industry, helping clients master the end-to-end software-driven transformation and do business in a new way through technologies like 5G, Edge computing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Roshan Batheri

Senior Director – North America Automotive Industry Leader
Roshan is a seasoned global professional combined with strategic acumen, extensive domain knowledge, and proven track record to drive success. He has over 20 years of extensive experience in P&L management, strategic operations, supply chain management, IT transformation, business consulting and delivering innovative concepts and strategies in the automotive industry. He is an MBA and an Engineer, additionally holding various certifications such as a six sigma green belt and a certified lead auditor in quality management system, showcasing his commitment to excellence.

Tobias Obladen

Director Automotive, Capgemini Invent
With more than 15 years of experience in the automotive industry, Tobias advises customers on optimization of their value chain. His focus lies on core objectives such as resilience, sustainability, digitalization and on the seamless integration of processes and data from development, procurement, and production with supply network partners. His key projects include the development of supply chain collaboration platforms, risk management solutions, organizational realignment and evolution of supply chain functions.

Sonali Nimkar

Director – Data Science & AI, Intelligent Supply Chain, Capgemini
As a value driven professional, Sonali brings in around twenty-five years of rich experience in Information Technology. She has a clear and precise understanding of current technology trends and their maturity levels from a perspective of focus and investment. This ensures value creation for companies in terms of revenue, operational efficiency, and market competitiveness.

Sreekanth Patcha

Global Head of ISCT Services, Capgemini’s Business Services
Sreekanth has extensive experience in supply chain design, integrated business planning, and program management. He leads the Intelligent Supply Chain Technology Services globally, including go-to-market, capability development, and delivery.

Gilles Bacquet

Senior Portfolio & Product Manager, Resilient & Sustainable Supply Chain offers owner
Gilles is a Production & Supply Chain engineer and has joined Capgemini group in 2001. Starting as consultant expert in Supplier Quality Management for Automobile & Aeronautic, he has extended his responsibilities in creating Supply Chain offer and developed business oversea. He is today leading Resilient & Sustainable Supply Chain offers for Capgemini Engineering.

Praveen Cadpakar

Principal – SAP S/4 Business Transformation Architect, Capgemini
Praveen Cadpakar is a Principal Business Transformation Architect with Capgemini. He has two decades of progressive experience managing large transformation engagements with rich background in Complex Discrete Manufacturing industries with primary focus on Auto OEM and Supplier across different all lines of business. His most recent transformation initiatives for emerging electric vehicle and battery giga factory manufacturing organizations in north America.