Achieving Transparency in Automotive Supply Chains

Auto­mo­ti­ve sup­ply chains encom­pass the ent­i­re world. The Demand and Capa­ci­ty Manage­ment (DCM) is sub­ject to enor­mous com­ple­xi­ty, as thousands of orders with thousands of parts from hund­reds of sup­pliers must be con­si­de­red. To impro­ve DCM sys­tems in auto­mo­ti­ve sup­ply chains, Volks­wa­gen, thys­sen­krupp and Fraun­ho­fer Insti­tu­te for Soft­ware and Sys­tems Engi­nee­ring ISST are reaching out for data sov­er­eig­n­ty.

The indus­tri­al part­ners mutual­ly aim to opti­mi­ze sup­ply chains in terms of trans­pa­ren­cy, effi­ci­en­cy and sus­taina­bi­li­ty assis­ted by the IDS. The idea is to make sup­ply chains resi­li­ent and firm; long-term objec­ti­ves beco­me rea­listic by put­ting sen­si­ti­ve data, such as stocks, out­put volu­mes and pro­duc­tion pro­grams in bidi­rec­tio­n­al cor­re­la­ti­on. IDS repres­ents the tech­no­lo­gi­cal basis for that type of data exchan­ge, sup­por­ting data sov­er­eig­n­ty bet­ween orga­niz­a­ti­ons whilst com­ply­ing high-level safe­ty requi­re­ments.

Estab­li­shing Trust by Using Tech­no­lo­gy

Trust is one of the hig­hest rated requi­re­ments for col­la­bo­ra­ti­on in indus­tri­al envi­ron­ments, such as mate­ri­al pro­vi­der and pro­duc­ti­ve con­su­mer, e.g. auto­mo­ti­ve pro­duc­tion. Espe­cial­ly when exchan­ge of sen­si­ti­ve data is requi­red, trust is not suf­fi­ci­ent due of the fact that access to IT sys­tems is some­ti­mes out­side of human’s con­trol. A tech­ni­cal solu­ti­on is most­ly requi­red to ensu­re data sov­er­eig­n­ty on both ends, estab­li­shing trust by using tech­no­lo­gy. This makes cri­ti­cal data avail­ab­le for spe­ci­fic plan­ning pur­po­ses and impro­ves the trans­pa­ren­cy, effi­ci­en­cy and sus­taina­bi­li­ty in sup­ply chains.


  1. Exchan­ge and usa­ge of data leads to pro­cess impro­ve­ment
  2. Incre­a­sed trans­pa­ren­cy in auto­mo­ti­ve sup­ply chains
  3. Estab­li­shing mutu­al trust enab­les poli­cy enfor­ce­ment

Com­pa­nies and orga­niz­a­ti­ons invol­ved

  1. Fraun­ho­fer Insti­tu­te for Soft­ware and Sys­tems Engi­nee­ring ISST
  2. Volks­wa­gen Kon­zern­lo­gis­tik GmbH & Co. OHG
  3. thys­sen­krupp Pres­ta Ilsen­burg GmbH

Tech­no­lo­gi­cal archi­tec­tu­re or IDS com­pon­ents used

  1. IDS Con­nec­tor
  2. IDS Con­nec­tor Frame­work

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