Transparency and innovation through Catena-X.
At ahc GmbH, we focus on projects that combine innovation with professionalism. With the Catena-X project, we have succeeded in doing just that.
Project overview: Catena-X is a groundbreaking initiative that aims to revolutionize the supply chain of the German automotive industry. A network, driven by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate, is leading this innovation project. Established in response to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, whereby the automotive industry sought to reduce its dependence on international supply chains, Catena-X has received 40% of its funding from the German government.
Challenges and goals: The main objective of Catena-X is to bring transparency to the German automotive industry's supply chain. This includes the creation of a comprehensive system landscape that enables the tracking of resources, such as the carbon footprint, origin of resources, recycling processes and the reusability of battery components. The objective is to provide a clear picture of the path each component takes in the supply chain, from start to finish. Even when recycling a tire, tracking its DNA sequence is necessary to ensure that it will be effectively reused.
»Catena-X: Innovation and Transparency in the Supply Chain«
Sammy Zilske, Projectmanager
Technological enabler: Catena-X uses state-of-the-art technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI) and real-time data streams, to achieve its goals. By providing real-time information and data flows, the project not only ensures transparency for major stakeholders such as Mercedes-Benz but also for all suppliers. This data exchange helps uncover potential problems, such as components melting at high temperatures, leading to improved quality control and faster problem solving.
Role of ahc GmbH: Within this complex ecosystem, ahc GmbH plays a crucial role in both external and internal areas. Externally, we promote the consortium spirit by leading the Agile Project Management Office (APMO). This includes coordinating meetings, monitoring project cost control, and regular communication through activity reports. Internally, we establish tools such as Jira, organize committee meetings, prepare workshops and ensure seamless communication between all stakeholders.
Overcoming challenges: One of the main challenges is to encourage more companies to participate, as the immediate value of the project may not be immediately apparent. At ahc GmbH, we actively address this challenge by identifying targeted projects. By addressing both internal and overarching challenges, we demonstrate the value of the project and encourage participation.
In summary, the Catena-X project demonstrates ahc GmbH's ability to tackle engaging and impactful projects while maintaining the highest standards of professionalism. By collaborating with a consortium of leading industry partners, using cutting-edge technologies and playing an active role in project management, we are driving the transformation of the German automotive supply chain into a forward-looking, transparent and sustainable ecosystem.