Volkswagen AG | thyssenkrupp | Fraunhofer ISST

Supply Chain Manager – Achieving Transparency in Automotive Supply Chains


Volkswagen, thyssenkrupp and Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering ISST are reaching out for data sovereignty with focus on improvement of Demand and Capacity Management (DCM) systems in automotive supply chains. The industrial partners mutually aim to optimize supply chains in terms of transparency, efficiency and sustainability assisted by the IDS. The idea is to make supply chains resilient and firm; long-term objectives become realistic by putting sensitive data, such as stocks, output volumes and production programs in bidirectional correlation. IDS represent the technological basis for that type of data exchange, supporting data sovereignty between organizations whilst complying high-level safety requirements. 


Trust is one of the highest-rated requirements for collaboration in industrial environments, such as between a material provider and a productive consumer, e.g., an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). Especially when the exchange of sensitive data is required, mere trust is not sufficient, given that access to IT systems is beyond human control. A technical solution is mostly required to ensure data sovereignty on both ends, establishing trust through the use of technology.

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Improvement of Supply Chain Management Processes

Ute Burkhardt, Project Manager SCM, VW Konzernlogistik GmbH & Co OHG



  • Exchange and usage of data leads to process improvements 
  • Increased transparency in automotive supply chains 
  • Policy enforcement establishes mutual trust


  • Fraunhofer ISST
  • Volkswagen Konzernlogistik GmbH & Co. OHG
  • thyssenkrupp Presta Ilsenburg GmbH

Main Technology/IDS Component

  • IDS Connector
  • IDS Connector Framework