Guests, from more than 15 different countries, representing the automotive seating, airbag and interiors value chains, convened with Lectra experts and external thought leaders at Lectra’s International Advanced Technology Center (IATC) in Bordeaux-Cestas, France to share their industry knowledge and present best insights on how Industry 4.0 is transforming the car interiors of the future.
The series of thought-provoking presentations, solution-demonstrations, and animated discussions examined the new challenges automotive suppliers face in today’s fast-moving manufacturing environment. Industry 4.0, and how it will help companies to think strategically and increase revenues, with its promise for production flexibility, operational agility, and cost minimization, was a recurring topic of conversation.
The prevailing idea of the VIP auto symposium is that interiors will transform to replicate the comforts and design of a living space. This new trend for comfort and luxury underscores the importance of leather. Quality leather interiors are expected to match the global automotive outlook market projections, which is predicted to remain positive through 2025 on the back of sustained growth in the sports-utility vehicle (SUV) and premium segments.
To meet this growing demand and their operational excellence objectives, forward-thinking automotive leather suppliers are investing in digital transformation initiatives and following Industry 4.0 best practices. This means finding the right blend of production flexibility, operational agility, and cost minimization through process optimization and continuous improvement.