‚Science-to-business‘, the maxim of applied research, is not a one-way street: it requires ongoing consulting and support from competent industry partners.
This task is entrusted to the Advisory Board of the Chemnitz Automotive Institute (CATI), established in early December, with capable members including famous names from the automotive industry. Volkswagen, Porsche, Brose, Magnetto Automotive, Schnellecke Logistics and Hörmann-Rawema are all represented (OEMs, suppliers and service providers). They are joined by the VDA and the ACOD as industry representatives, as well as by representatives of various applied research institutions.
At its constituent meeting on 5 December in Chemnitz the Advisory Board adopted a programme of selected initial projects suggested by the directors, focusing on the following areas over the coming months:
- Digitisation of production (in particular medium-sized businesses)
- Impact of the internationalisation of the German automotive industry
- Automation in logistics
- Future automotive value creation structures
The members of the Advisory Board also proposed tackling the medium-term topics of energy efficiency, ergonomics and reindustrialisation.
In addition to these areas, the Advisory Board also devoted particularly in-depth discussion to qualification, further training and knowledge transfer requirements, already calling for substantial action from all involved and also undergoing change within the context of the future trend of Industry 4.0. The common understanding of both the Directors and the Advisory Board is that Industry 4.0 is more than just a paradigm shift with technological implications – instead, it is essentially a profound change to the networked factory, likewise altering the human/technology/organisation structure of future automotive factories.
The Rector of TU Chemnitz emphasised that the integration of the Chemnitz Automotive Institute (CATI) into TU Chemnitz education (TUCed GmbH) and its cooperation with the Industry 4.0 application centre within the Institute for Management and Factory Systems represent a successful way to confront these future needs.