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The automotive industry is currently at a historic moment - we have not dealt with such a huge change as the transition from the production of internal combustion cars to electric or hydrogen cars for over a century. In addition, there are macroeconomic, geopolitical and technological factors that affect the entire life cycle of a product, which is a car. You cannot stand by, not react and sleep through this revolution - says unanimously Paweł Gos, CEO of Exact Systems Group, and Stanislas Bailly, CEO of SNECI Group. Experienced partners who have joined forces in automotive production quality and supplier development tell us what business challenges have entered the production lines and how to meet them.
Henry Ford, who we can confidently call the father of serial automotive production, said "Any customer can buy a car painted in any color, as long as it is black." Do the actions taken in recent years by automotive concerns and national authorities in the field of legislation and the production process aim - to paraphrase the statement of an American entrepreneur from over a century ago - that from 2035 every customer will be able to buy a car, provided that it will be electric?
Paweł Gos, CEO of Exact Systems Group: Not electric, but zero-emission. The topic of moving away from conventional engines - internal combustion - petrol or diesel- has been on the agenda for several years and new proposals appear every now and then, both in terms of CO2 reduction and what engines will be allowed for sale in the coming years. We are talking mainly about EVs, but the topic of internal combustion cars powered by e-fuels has appeared. Everyone unanimously - both automotive companies and governments – has opted for reducing emissions, but in a way that will not impose or exclude specific solutions. Let us note that the complete switch from diesel to electric technology, despite the rapid development of electromobility, still requires billions of investments and time. And we have less and less of that.
And zero-emission is not the only challenge that the automotive industry has to face...