Audi has formed a joint venture with Capgemini with the aim of driving digital transformation in the automotive industry
The new company, named XL2, will provide consulting and technology services focusing on the use of SAP’s S/4HANA and cloud services. Its aim is to enable end-to-end digital manufacturing, covering all central processes, including production planning, logistics, finance, maintenance, quality and materials management.
Headquartered in Heilbronn in Germany, close to Audi’s production site in Neckarsulm, XL2 will carry out projects for Audi and the wider Volkswagen Group, beginning with SAP projects for production and master data management, as well as development in the context of cloud-based applications.
“XL2’s flexible and scalable way of working and its focus on important key technologies is part of our vision and our needs in further advancing digital transformation,” said Frank Loydl, chief information officer at Audi AG.
The joint venture builds on a long-standing partnership between Capgemini and Audi in developing solutions for digital transformation and co-innovation. It will be led by Géraldine Aubert, previously vice president of Packaged Based Services at Capgemini, and Felix Spitznagel, former director of SAP Acceleration Center at Audi.
XL2 intends to build up its workforce over the next five years in order to service more projects in the future. The company is currently looking to recruit SAP consultants, software developers, and analytics and data engineers, from graduates to established experts.
According to Markus Winkler, global head of the Automotive Sector at Capgemini, XL2 combines “an agile start-up culture and the experience and capabilities of two industry leaders” and will “shape digital transformation in the automotive industry“.
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