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Daimler chairperson Ola Källenius gives opening speech at New Manufacturing World congress

Daimler’s Chairperson of the Board of Management, Ola Källenius, opened the New Manufacturing World congress last week with a speech about the transformation taking place throughout the automotive industry.

The New Manufacturing World congress was attended by over 400 guests including automotive and plant manufacturers, suppliers and software companies. It featured 40 speakers who talked about innovative production techniques such as meacasting, flexible production and cyber security.

In his opening speech, Ola Källenius, Chairperson of the Board of Management of Mercedes Benz spoke about the strategic direction of Mercedes: “Digital, efficient, sustainable and flexible: the setup of our plants at Mercedes-Benz enables us to react quickly to the market and build the perfect Mercedes for every customer. For example, we are able to offer vehicles with a fully electric drivetrain and an electrified high-tech combustion engine in parallel until the 2030s. The star on our cars is our promise: A Mercedes is a Mercedes – regardless of its drivetrain.“

Dr. Dudenhöffer, an automotive expert, said: “The megatrend of megacasting will dominate the future of production. It allows the manufacture of large and complex aluminum vehicle parts in a single casting process.“ In contrast with conventional methods, which involved producing numerous smaller parts and then fitting them together, megacasting enables these components to be manufactured in a single step. “This not only saves time and costs, it also improves the quality and safety of our vehicles,“ he added.

The main potential obstacles to this approach mentioned by participants were the high initial investment in diecasting machines and the adaptation of the production line. The processing of aluminum also requires specific knowledge and technologies to ensure the desired material properties. In the long term, however, Professor Dr. Ferdinand Dudenhöffer believes that the advantages will outweigh these obstacles. “With further technological progress, this method could become the standard which could fundamentally change the way vehicles are produced.”

The growing data stream in production processes creates a greater potential security risks: “Protecting production processes from digital threats will become a key question for both manufacturers and suppliers,” believes Dr Dudenöffer.

Florian Langlotz, a partner at Dress and Sommer who has been involved in several projects in the worldwide automotive industry, emphasized the aspect ofg planning: “Depending on the products being produced, every factory has its own processes. They are as different as the manufactured products. If there is a change in the production processes.

At the congress, he emphasized the aspect of planning: “Networks in which smart production facilities interact with the building are becoming increasingly important in many factories. This is why needs and requirements should be analyzed at an early level in order to flexibly plan and build manufacturing facilities and properties. This helps to control costs and time needed in the event of necessary short-term adjustments.”