May 16, 2020

Tesla looking into opening a Gigafactory in Germany

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Germany
China
Europe
Sophie Chapman
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Despite reports that the US-based energy storage and electric vehicle (EV) firm plans to launch a Gigafactory in China, Tesla’s CEO has confirmed the...

Despite reports that the US-based energy storage and electric vehicle (EV) firm plans to launch a Gigafactory in China, Tesla’s CEO has confirmed the company is looking into other locations.

When asked if Germany would be a good location for a Gigfactory on Twitter, Elon Musk replied suggesting the country was a promising choice.

“Germany is a leading choice for Europe. Perhaps on the German-French border makes sense, near the Benelux countries” Tesla’s CEO tweeted.

Tesla already operates a factory in Europe – in Tilburg, the Netherlands, - which is used for the final assembly of its Model S and Model X vehicles.

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The company’s headquarters are also located in the Netherlands’ capital city – in the capital city of Amsterdam.

The firm has considered located a large-scale facility for batteries and vehicles on the continent, which has led to countries trying to attract Tesla through campaigns.

Tesla had previously committed to finalising a location in Europe by 2017. The company is still targeting locations in China and North America as well.

Following Tesla’s establishment of a new company in Shanghai’s Free-Trade-Zone in May, the firm is suspected to be opening a new facility in the country.

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May 12, 2021

Gartner: Leaders Lack Skilled Smart Manufacturing Workers

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ConnectedFactory
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57% of manufacturing leaders feel that their organisations lack the skilled workers needed to support smart manufacturing digitalisation

With organisations rapidly adopting industry 4.0 capabilities to increase productivity, efficiency, transparency, and quality as well as reduce cost, manufacturers “are under pressure to bring their workforce into the 21st century,” says Gartner.

While more connected factory workers are leveraging digital tools and data management techniques to improve decision accuracy, increase knowledge and lessen variability, 57% of manufacturing leaders feel that their organisations lack the skilled workers needed to support their smart manufacturing digitalisation plans.

“Our survey revealed that manufacturers are currently going through a difficult phase in their digitisation journey toward smart manufacturing,” said Simon Jacobson, Vice President analyst, Gartner Supply Chain practice.

“They accept that changing from a break-fix mentality and culture to a data-driven workforce is a must. However, intuition, efficiency and engagement cannot be sacrificed. New workers might be tech-savvy but lack access to best practices and know-how — and tenured workers might have the knowledge, but not the digital skills. A truly connected factory worker in a smart manufacturing environment needs both.”

Change Management

Surveying 439 respondents from North America, Western Europe and APAC, Gartner found that “organisational complexity, integration and process reengineering are the most prevalent challenges for executing smart manufacturing initiatives.” Combined they represent “the largest change management obstacle [for manufacturers],” adds Gartner.

“It’s interesting to see that leadership commitment is frequently cited as not being a challenge. Across all respondents, 83% agree that their leadership understands and accepts the need to invest in smart manufacturing. However, it does not reflect whether or not the majority of leaders understand the magnitude of change in front of them – regarding technology, as well as talent,” added Jacobson.

Technology and People

While the value and opportunities smart manufacturing can provide an organisation is being recognised, introducing technology alone isn’t enough. Gartner emphasises the importance of evolving factory workers alongside the technology, ensuring that they are on board in order for the change to be successful.

“The most immediate action is for organisations to realize that this is more than digitisation. It requires synchronising activities for capability building, capability enablement and empowering people. Taking a ‘how to improve a day in the life’ approach will increase engagement, continuous learning and ultimately foster a pull-based approach that will attract tenured workers. They are the best points of contact to identify the best starting points for automation and the required data and digital tools for better decision-making,” said Jacobson.

Long term, “it is important to establish a data-driven culture in manufacturing operations that is rooted in governance and training - without stifling employee creativity and ingenuity,” concluded Gartner.

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