The automotive industry has been marred in recent years by a string of quality-related issues. From faulty ignition switches to the ongoing Takata airbag scandal, historical oversights have caused injuries and fatalities. In fact, the latter has been called the “largest and most complex safety recall in US history”, impacting millions of vehicles – and drivers.
When products directly impact human lives, quality cannot be compromised. Whilst Takata works hard to resolve current issues, prevention would undoubtedly have been the best cure.
The automotive industry has been at the forefront of innovation since the first Model T rolled off the Henry Ford’s lines and ushered in a new era of mass production. From just-in-time manufacturing to the recent emergence of smart technology, the advances made by car makers have helped define the modern world.
For example, General Motors (GM) is several years into a massive IT transformation, one that involves bringing technology back in–house by hiring thousands of technology professionals and consolidating data centers into 2 sites in the US (benchmarked to best-in-class technologies used at Facebook and Google).
But while precision and safety have come to define almost every aspect of both business and commercial life today, the emergence of complex technology has placed manufacturing standards in the spotlight. Today, it isn’t just how you engineer and manufacture a vehicle or product, it’s how well you produce it and how your processes ensure quality and safety.
It is for this reason that senior talent in the automotive industry has always been highly sought after due to their unique ability to apply highly effective engineering and manufacturing systems and processes on a mass scale.
So is this the next in a long line of innovations to trickle down and shape the wider industry of tomorrow?
Read our latest paper for the full insights into this defining automotive trend, Are car makers about to revolutionise manufacturing…again?
This post was written by David Nagy, Managing Partner, Asia Pacific Industrial Practice. For his full bio please click here.