November 5, 2014
Cambridge, UK – November 5, 2014 Granta Design today announced the successful completion of the first AutoMatIC meeting, hosted by PSA Peugeot Citroën in Paris on October 23, 2014. Founding Consortium members General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, KSPG AG, and PSA Peugeot Citroën, were joined by the latest member, Honeywell Turbo Technologies. During the meeting, members discussed how tools to manage and apply materials information can assist with material challenges including: lightweighting; emissions reduction; supply chain risk; and integrating materials into design, simulation, and PLM strategy. By sharing experiences and advice, members are ensuring they can meet these challenges and can adapt their materials information management strategies as industry needs evolve. A second meeting has been scheduled for Spring 2015.
The meeting kicked off the first three-year phase of the Consortium, which aims to bring together further OEMs, as well as key suppliers in the automotive and off-highway vehicle sectors, to help develop best practice for materials information and its use. The project will help Granta to optimize its materials information technology tools, which are applied by the members, and will help members to use this technology more effectively. The focus will be on increasing engineering productivity, lowering costs, improving product performance, reducing risks associated with materials supply and regulations on restricted substances, as well as making the most of investments in simulation and PLM. The project is open to any organization in the relevant sectors interested in applying materials information technology.
“We are delighted to welcome Honeywell Turbo Technologies to the AutoMatIC project”, says Dr. Patrick Coulter, Chief Operating Officer at Granta Design. “Bringing together such world-leading automotive OEMs and suppliers, from both Europe and North America, allows our members to share and evolve best practice in materials information management, with the goal of developing software that keeps pace with their latest requirements.”