Spring 2021 Venture Client Cycle
Past opportunity

Supply Chain of the Future with Autoliv

Supply chain

About

As the global leader, Autoliv develops, manufactures and markets protective systems, such as airbags, seatbelts, and steering wheels. We are guided by our vision of Saving More Lives. Autoliv sells to all major car manufacturers globally. Now, we are reaching out to innovative companies with solutions to make our global supply chain management more transparent and automated. Do you have solutions for supply chain transparency, removing manual work shipping processes, or packaging engineering?

Theme Description

Staying close to its customers, Autoliv has a superior global presence and operations in 27 countries. Component production is concentrated to a few locations, while assembly plants are located close to customers.

Final products are delivered “just-in-time”, sometimes several times a day, to vehicle manufacturers’ plants. For some customers, we have established final assembly centers inside or close to our customers’ manufacturing plants. Autoliv’s products are fed into the vehicle assembly line in the right order, in accordance with the car buyers’ selections of colors and optional equipment. Autoliv’s final assembly center receives a new order almost every minute and within two to five hours (depending on the product), the order is executed and the product delivered.

Operating a global supply chain is a complex task, but digitalization and automation have potential to make our supply chain more efficient and streamlined. That is why we want to go beyond a focus on manufacturing excellence towards Business 4.0 throughout our entire value chain. We expect to make increased use of digitalization, connectivity and automation to enhance and streamline our business processes, including supply chain operations.

Opportunity Overview

In order to streamline our supply chain, we have identified a few specific opportunities. First, we can further minimize manual scanning in shipping and receiving of logistics items.

An example of this would be minimizing the scanning made by hand when receiving or sending materials from Autoliv facilities. Second, we see potential in digital solutions to achieve end-to-end supply chain visibility. This can mean any digital solutions that partly enable full visibility on the supply chain, or as we call it, a supply chain “control tower”. Third, we are actively scanning for solutions in packaging engineering, which could further increase traceability of items in the supply chain.

Focus Areas

Examples of solutions we’re interested in

Minimize Hand-Scanning

We are looking for both hardware and software solutions that can eliminate hand-scanning from receiving and shipping process by leveraging automated data capture to scan and read both 1D and 2D barcodes on both box and pallet level. What do you have to offer for this?

End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility

We are seeking to understand new innovative supply chain solutions and different information flows required to achieve end-to-end supply chain visibility. Do you have a solution that falls into this category?

Packaging Engineering

Packaging engineering and smart features in packaging can enable automatic information flow, better supplier compliance and cost optimization. We are interested to hear what industrial packaging innovators have to offer in this space.

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