With the cooperation between BMW Group, SAP SE, and the technical expertise of Sulzer and other service providers, digitalization in the automotive industry is progressing rapidly. In August, the implementation of the new IT solution at the MINI plant in Oxford represented a milestone, with Sulzer GmbH playing a decisive role in the implementation of the goods receipt processes.
Our specific services in the project
Working closely with BMW, we provided a number of specialized services that had a significant impact on the success of the project. These included, for example, the implementation of partial reversals in EWM, customer-specific target setting to meet BMW’s individual requirements. A major contribution of Sulzer GmbH was the stabilization of the new automotive solution BORGR in SAP TM, which was achieved through our input and testing. Furthermore, we implemented scan transactions and enhancements, implemented already established specific customer requirements and transferred them to S/4HANA, and realized the integration of interfaces.
The concept developed by BMW and SAP enabled the first successful deployment of SAP S/4 HANA in automotive manufacturing. This model paves the way for the digitization of processes in the industry. New global solutions in the areas of logistics, finance and customs promote standardization, improve collaboration between plants and increase flexibility in workforce deployment. They also form the basis for future innovations and ensure consistent data management and transparency.
Impact on the entire value chain
Michael Nikolaides, Head of Production Network and Logistics at the BMW Group, emphasized in a press release the successful implementation at the Oxford plant and the importance of the cooperation for digitalization.
The BMW iFACTORY, where Sulzer GmbH provided technical support for the individual adaptation of the incoming goods processes, provides an insight into the future direction of the BMW plants. Together, our expertise in digitalization and technology influences the entire value chain of the BMW Group.
Alexander Buresch, CIO and SVP Group IT at BMW Group, emphasized the importance of the cooperation for digitization in the automotive industry and the benefits of the new solution in a press release.
Oxford is becoming the core of BMW’s digitization strategy, which will enable innovations to be realized more quickly in all plants in the future.
This successful rollout sets new standards in the automotive industry. Over 1,000 experts from the participating companies contributed to this success. Sulzer GmbH is proud to have contributed to the success with its expertise and a highly qualified team, and we are already looking forward to the next rollouts.