ŠKODA AUTO is one of the four winners of this year’s prestigious Automotive Lean Production Awards. The Czech car manufacturer received the ‘Special Award – Smart Digital Application’ at the 14th Automotive Lean Production Congress for its ‘dProduction’ project. Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Production and Logistics, accepted it on Tuesday in Wolfsburg’s AUTOSTADT.

During the award ceremony, Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Production and Logistics, emphasised that, “With the ‘dProduction’ project, we have been consistently pressing ahead with the implementation of Industry 4.0 technologies. The continuing digitalisation of processes allows us to further optimise production quality, save time and reduce costs. Our state-of-the-art Kvasiny plant is already well advanced in this regard.”

This year, more than 1,200 production sites from 17 countries applied for the Automotive Lean Production Awards. The top 68 were invited to the final congress in Wolfsburg, where they presented their projects for lean production. Prizes were then awarded to the winners of each of the four individual categories.

In addition to the trophies for the best ‘Original Equipment Manufacturer’ and ‘Supplier’, the specialist magazine AUTOMOBIL PRODUKTION and Agamus Consult awards two special prizes each year – one of which ŠKODA AUTO received for its ‘dProduction’ digital application that was successfully introduced into the assembly line for the ŠKODA SUPERB, ŠKODA SUPERB iV and the ŠKODA KODIAQ at the Kvasiny plant in April 2019.

Following on from the project having already proven its worth in practice at the Kvasiny site, the Czech manufacturer is also planning to introduce ‘dProduction’ at its main plant in Mladá Boleslav and – in the medium term – at all of the company’s factories.

The specialist magazine AUTOMOBIL PRODUKTION and business consultants Agamus Consult use the Automotive Lean Production – Award & Study initiative to recognise companies and projects that can serve as a benchmark for lean production and digitalisation in the automotive industry. Consequently, the competition for the Automotive Lean Production Awards is held under the motto ‘Learning from the best’. In collaboration with participants, the organisers support the development of lean production and management methods across Europe.

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The all-new ŠKODA OCTAVIA is in the running for its next international honours. The fourth generation of the ŠKODA best-seller has been short-listed for this year’s edition of the prestigious “Car of the Year” award. From an initial field of 29 new cars launched on the international markets during the past twelve months, the ŠKODA OCTAVIA made it into the final. This is where the seven remaining models are presented to an international expert jury, with 60 motoring journalists from 23 European countries casting their votes. The annual award was first established in 1964. The “2021 Car of the Year” will be announced on 1 March. In the last quarter of 2020, the OCTAVIA already succeeded in collecting renowned awards in the key export markets of the UK, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

ŠKODA AUTO has been presented with the Pioneer Award for its use of artificial intelligence in vehicle diagnostics. At this year’s CONNECTED CAR Awards, the trade magazines Auto Bild and Computer Bild chose ŠKODA’s Sound Analyser app as the winner of the editorial prize reserved for particularly innovative ideas. Using a smartphone or tablet, the noises a car makes while in operation can be recorded and compared with stored sound patterns. On this basis, the software can quickly and reliably detect if the vehicle in question requires any maintenance.

ŠKODA AUTO has brought home another success from the HR Officers Awards held by the Employers Club. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the results this year were announced as part of an online presentation on LinkedIn, a social network that focuses on professional networking and career development. ŠKODA AUTO’s HR department came first place overall for its ANTICOVID-19 project, also winning a special prize for its activities aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Following a series of prestigious awards, such as the Employer of the Year and the Randstad Award, this is another success for the brand in the area of HR management.