Digital and Green
Novelties of the FORCE Program’s F1 and F8 action fields this year
THROUGH EFFICIENCY AND FLEXIBILITY TOWARDS GLOBALISATION
SIMPLY CLEVER SOLUTIONS
CHANGING MINDSETS TO SECURE THE FUTURE
The processes and technologies supporting production, data-controlled production and professionally trained employees make up the core themes of the first Factory of the Future action field, Future Factory. For the digital transformation to run smoothly and meet the production facilities’ specific needs, the PPD – Digitisation and Industry 4.0 team is mapping the digitisation of key production processes. Last year, it involved 100 specialists from all production facilities who jointly identified their specific goals, strategic projects and recommendations to further develop employees in the Production and Logistics area. This year, for example, they are planning 86 different digitisation projects in the fields of automation, predictive maintenance, support of production systems and the launch of new products and technologies, such as the MEB battery installation.
New education programmes
In cooperation with the ŠKODA Academy, the PPD department is planning its training to help production employees to acquire the knowledge required for their work. This training will mainly include employee courses in which they will master the operation of new technologies, such as 3D plastic printing or production data usage. That is why the PPD team intends to build a new competence centre that will support additional digital knowledge sharing. ED
Since 2018, ŠKODA AUTO has registered 425 digitisation projects in the Production and Logistics area.
The eighth Green Future action field (Environment, which falls under the PSU – Environmental and Work Protection department) has four main objectives.
UEP – environmental impact reduction
The UEP indicator comes with ecological criteria. Specifically, it is CO2 from consumed energy, energy consumption, the amount of production waste deposited in landfills, water consumption and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for every car produced. Our goal is to improve this indicator by 52.5 percent by 2025 compared with 2010. In 2020, we achieved the excellent result of 47.8 percent. We also strive to reduce our environmental impact in the Russia region, for which we take responsibility.
Ensuring water supply
Because of the lack of rainfall and the increased number of dry days and regarding the expected changes in legislation, we are preparing specific projects for our plants in Mladá Boleslav and Kvasiny. They will ensure permanent water supply for us and reduce our environmental impact.
Go to Zero projects
Already in 2019, we successfully implemented the Zero Waste project at our plants in the Czech Republic. In 2021, we will focus on our Go to Zero projects in the India and Russia regions.
We work with the Group to develop our Group-wide strategy on this issue. At ŠKODA AUTO, we search for and implement specific projects that fall under the topic of circular economy. Good examples are the use of limestone from our new paint shop at the ŠKO-ENERGO heating plant and the extension of the life of oils by filtering them with mobile filtration equipment. ED