Audi and Capgemini have announced the launch of their joint venture, XL2. This joint venture will provide digital technology and consulting services, namely in the fields of SAP S/4HANA and cloud services primarily for Audi and the entire Volkswagen Group.
XL2 is designed to enable end-to-end digital manufacturing, covering all central processes, including production planning, logistics, finance, maintenance, quality and materials management. Projects of the legally independent entity are to be carried out for Audi. The joint venture that focuses on consulting and technology services for cloud and SAP S/4HANA includes industry solutions such as SAP Leonardo. The first focus areas are SAP projects for production and master data management, as well as development in the context of cloud-based applications.
The new co-owned company aims to address the rapidly changing requirements of digital transformation in the automotive sector.
“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 (CIO) at Audi. “Our long-term relationship with Capgemini and its proven capabilities in the automotive and SAP sectors makes it the right partner.”
The joint venture will have dual leadership: by Géraldine Aubert, previously Vice President of Packaged Based Services at Capgemini, and Felix Spitznagel, previously Director SAP Acceleration Center at Audi.
The goal of this company is to build an agile, innovative and powerful workforce within the next five years in order to service more projects in the future. The company is now looking to recruit namely SAP consultants, software developers as well as analytics and data engineers, from graduates to established experts.
XL2’s headquarters are located in Heilbronn in Germany, in close proximity to Audi’s production site in Neckarsulm. The vicinity of the Audi production site is noteworthy and an additional enrichment of the ecosystem. The Audi location in Neckarsulm would also offer an ideal testing and application environment for IT solutions in the field of digital production.
“XL2 is an exciting new brand that stands out from the market combining an agile start-up culture and the experience and capabilities of two industry leaders,” said Markus Winkler, Global Head of the Automotive Sector at Capgemini. “Its employees will shape digital transformation in the automotive industry with key state-of-the-art technologies. For that, we are excited to join forces with Audi, a technology leader in its own industry.”
Today, Capgemini is a multicultural company of 270,000 team members in almost 50 countries. The Audi Group, with its brands Audi, Ducati and Lamborghini, is present in more than 100 markets worldwide and produces at 16 locations in 11 countries.
For more information on XL2, visit: x12.de.