BASF - a member of the Catena-X Automotive Network
The first open and collaborative data ecosystem
Together we are stronger! BASF is an active member of Catena-X Automotive Network, an alliance for secure and cross-company data exchange in the automotive industry. The goal of Catena-X is to create a network that connects various stakeholders in the automotive supply chain, including automakers, suppliers, and service providers.
Be part of it and support the first collaborative and open data ecosystem for the automotive industry! As part of Catena-X, you will also benefit from secure and end-to-end data exchange in the automotive value chain.
Four reasons why Catena-X is worthwhile for you
- Above-average resilience for the entire supply chain.
- Increasing and demonstrating decarbonization and sustainability.
- Increase transparency. Increase added value. Strengthen competitiveness.
- Co-innovation in a partnership ecosystem.
Why do we need an end-to-end data ecosystem?
The transformation of the automotive industry is in full progress - the availability of resources and demands for greater sustainability, the complexity of global supply chains, and external influences such as geopolitical, pandemic, or climatic events confront all players with major challenges. Here we share mutual and pressing issues which we only can solve together.
What is Catena-X and what does it offer the automotive industry?
BASF has joined forces with some of the key players in the global partner network Catena-X to connect automotive manufacturers, suppliers, and service providers throughout the entire supply chain, enabling them to establish a secure flow of information and data exchange.
As simple, secure and independent as never before
Catena-X is the first collaborative, open and decentrally organized data ecosystem for the automotive industry of the future – with uniform standards and common principles. It networks global players to form end-to-end value chains. The goal is standardized, global data exchange based on European values. The claim is data sovereignty: Whoever makes data available retains control and decides individually who is involved in the data exchange, how, when, where and under what conditions. Catena-X ensures secure and reliable implementation.
From small and medium-sized companies to big corporations: Standardized data exchange and the ability to use cross-company applications offer all companies, investment security and strengthen their competitiveness in the long term. Thanks to the end-to-end use of data, they can all create new value - and develop new business models. Catena-X already has over 170 members from various automotive-related industries.
New business opportunities and profitability – from midsize companies to large corporations: Catena-X improves the competitiveness of all participating companies. Enabled and implemented are use cases for digital, end-to-end supply chains with secure, sovereign and standardized data exchange. Participation in Catena-X is rewarded: with above-average resilience, innovative strength and earnings opportunities. Additionally, Catena-X is open! Other industries and ecosystems can be integrated at any time.
There are significant advantages in our cooperation. With Catena-X, common processes are optimized. They become more digital, leaner, more sustainable and faster.
In the Catena-X target scenario, platforms such as supplier/B2B portals no longer need to be operated, as the data required for collaboration is exchanged digitally between the partners in an automated manner. In addition to efficiency advantages, higher resilience in the supply chain and important progress in the topic of sustainability of our products, the network around Catena-X promises more efficient quality & logistics processes, higher transparency with regard to sustainable CO2 reduction as well as simplified master data management.
Continuously connected data chains in this way make it possible to develop innovative business processes and service offerings.
May 31, 2023 - With the foundation of Cofinity-X the shareholders BASF, BMW Group, Henkel, Mercedes-Benz, SAP, Schaeffler, Siemens, T-Systems, Volkswagen and ZF initiate the next step in Europe to foster the Catena-X initiative. Get more information here.
May 11th, 2021 - Catena-X Automotive Network is officially an association in the founding phase!
Matthias Dohrn, Senior Vice President, Precious and Base Metal Services will represent BASF in the board of the association.
For more information, please visit the new Catena-X Website.
The alliance for secure and cross-company data exchange in the automotive industry is picking up speed
Berlin, March 2nd 2021 - As part of the event „Durch Kooperation an die Spitze. Die Automobilbranche gestaltet den digitalen Wandel“ (“Through cooperation to the top. The automotive industry is shaping the digital transformation”) hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) the founders of the Automotive Alliance are sharing a progress report as well as further details on the initiative. The founders of the partner network include BMW AG, Deutsche Telekom AG, Robert Bosch GmbH, SAP SE, Siemens AG and ZF Friedrichshafen AG.
Additional companies have joined the initiative including Mercedes-Benz AG, BASF SE, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Schaeffler AG, German Edge Cloud GmbH & Co. KG, ISTOS GmbH, SupplyOn AG, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V and ARENA2036 as well as several small and medium-sized companies (SMEs).
The Automotive Alliance will operate under the name “Catena-X Automotive Network (Catena-X)”. As an implementation-oriented network and to ensure openness and neutrality, Catena-X plans to organise itself as a registered association in Germany. Catena-X sees itself as an extensible ecosystem in which automotive manufacturers and suppliers, dealer associations and equipment suppliers, including the providers of applications, platforms and infrastructure, can all participate equally. The purpose of the association is to create a uniform standard for information and data-sharing throughout the entire automotive value chain.
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