Automotive Engineering Change: The Key to Cost Reduction for Competitive Advantage

January 2, 2018 by  
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The automotive industry has seen significant change over the last couple of decades, but looking to the future, there will be even more significant changes. With possibilities for cars that drive themselves and run far more cleanly in the not too distant future, automotive companies will be in a global race to come out on top. Meanwhile, costs must be managed so as not to push car prices to even more unaffordable levels. R&D and engineering are key to making this happen. Adopting Best-in-Class product development practices will help companies improve their efficiency so that they may incorporate more innovation into their vehicles, while still meeting budgets.

One of the areas automotive companies struggle with that will help them improve their efficiency is change management. Based on the experiences of 230 respondents, this report identifies best practices for change management to help automotive companies innovate, yet reduce development costs to bring to market the automobiles of the future.

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Gaining Competitive Advantage Through Digital Appearance Technology In The Automotive Interior Supply Chain

March 23, 2016 by  
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A tangible aspect to brand image lies in the external and interior appearance of the vehicle, which is a combination between color, gloss and texture. This combination is referred to as color harmony and it is a critical component in the consumer’s decision to purchase a specific vehicle.

Automotive manufacturers and their suppliers face challenges in maintaining color harmony, such as shipping physical standards to global suppliers for comparison to ensure they match across the supply chain. The advent of instruments to measure overall appearance and precisely communicate color and gloss digitally helps guarantee high interior quality, decreases time to market and enables cost savings. However, automotive manufacturer’s needs are unique from other industries and requiring and instrument and workflow designed specifically for them. Learn how Datacolor tackled this challenge.

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