VW, AWS Collaborate on a Digital Marketplace to Push Digital Manufacturing

Amazon Web Services, Volkswagen, Automotive manufacturer | July 29, 2020

VW is working with Amazon Web Services to build a marketplace for software applications designed to help the automaker’s factories, like the one pictured above, run faster and more efficiently.

Digital marketplaces are now in vogue as a place to bring business buyers and sellers together to research and purchase physical goods.

But Volkswagen AG, Europe’s biggest automotive manufacturer and the maker of VW, Audi  and other vehicles, also sees a digital marketplace as an ideal way to bring together buyers and sellers of software applications and move the entire process of digital manufacturing even further into the mainstream.

Volkswagen, in conjunction with Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing arm of Amazon.com Inc., is building what it bills as the “ultimate app store” for industrial software applications. The store will make available from multiple automotive industry suppliers software apps designed to increase speed and efficiency in developing parts and manufacturing vehicles at the car maker’s 61 production plants and factories around the world.

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Recognizing the importance of production to their industrial future, countries have launched programmes to support the deployment of these technologies to their domestic manufacturers. Included in this schematic diagram are additional topics that fill out the broader technology landscape: advanced materials (encompassing various branches of both nanotechnology and biotechnology); advanced manufacturing processes, which in some respects may be considered traditional manufacturing processes, but whose capabilities could be augmented and extended by new technologies; and what might be termed manufacturing philosophies, which would include things such as design approaches and mindsets geared towards sustainability.

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Recognizing the importance of production to their industrial future, countries have launched programmes to support the deployment of these technologies to their domestic manufacturers. Included in this schematic diagram are additional topics that fill out the broader technology landscape: advanced materials (encompassing various branches of both nanotechnology and biotechnology); advanced manufacturing processes, which in some respects may be considered traditional manufacturing processes, but whose capabilities could be augmented and extended by new technologies; and what might be termed manufacturing philosophies, which would include things such as design approaches and mindsets geared towards sustainability.

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