The vice president of engineering at a global materials technology and recycling group to build base of Industry 4.0 technology suppliers to support the implementation of next generation battery materials production lines.
The materials technology company was rapidly expanding its capacity to meet demand from electric vehicle battery cell manufacturers. Investment in the automation of production and quality control processes was required to meet customer requirements. But the company was uncertain about which use cases to invest in. Further, the lack of preferred digital technology suppliers was slowing the solution evaluation and planning process. In addition to off-the-shelf technology, the client needed technology innovation partners that it could collaborate with to develop customized solutions. These emerging technologies often lacked clear reference cases. So partners could include organizations such as university research labs or startups, as well as mature technology providers.