Auto manufacturers hit the accelerator on smart-factory plans

Industry plans to make 44% of factories smart in the next five years

Smart factories are the future. They could add up to $167 billion to the global automotive industry by 2023. Now the challenge is to maximize manufacturer investments and achieve the necessary scale.

In How automotive organizations can maximize the smart factory potential, the Capgemini Research Institute found only one in two companies have made good progress on the smart-factory journey. But the industry has aggressive plans for smart-factory adoptions, with 25% prepared to invest in a greenfield factory strategy.

Learn how automotive frontrunners are already benefiting from smart factories and how OEMs and suppliers need to create a smart-factory vision to achieve real growth and scale.

How automotive organizations can maximize the smart factory potential, Capgemini Research Institute

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Learn from the automotive frontrunners


  • Greenfield smart factory in Mexico
  • 400-acre, $1.3 billion facility to produce Audi Q5
  • Manufactures tailor-made vehicles


  • Virtual simulation of production process
  • 4,000 assembly processes can be examined before production
  • Reduces rejection rate by a factor of four

Great Wall Motors

  • Construction to commissioning in 14 months
  • Final assembly workshop has 70% automatic online rate
  • AGV-based automatic delivery system

Key Takeaways


Automotive factories are smart


Increase in automotive investment in smart factories


Companies making good or better-than-expected progress on smart factories

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