Almost every second new BMW Group vehicle sold has a “heart”, i.e. a drive system from the Group’s largest engine plant in Steyr, Austria. There, 4,400 employees produce more than 1 million engines and around 12 million components in several product groups every year.
A few years ago, the plant launched its own flagship initiative of digitalization, which continues to deal with various aspects of digital transformation across all plants. This initiative is not intended to pilot new individual applications. Instead, it is designed to enable the entire plant to pursue and implement an overall approach to digital transformation.
In addition to the use of AI technologies, for example for empties management and quality inspection, the conceptual orientation of this winning project is therefore exemplary. It focuses on solving two tasks: what structural, organizational, and cultural change processes need to be set in motion in order to continuously integrate digitalization into the various departments at the plant? And how can the growth of digitalization solutions be further accelerated?