ŠKODA AUTO secured first place in the ‘Special Award – Smart Digital Application’ category of the prestigious Automotive Lean Production awards for its project ‘dProduction’ at its Kvasiny plant in the Czech Republic. The industry magazine AUTOMOBIL PRODUKTION and the consultants Agamus Consult selected the winners of the Automotive Lean Production awards from more than 1,200 applicants from 17 countries.

As part of the implementation of Industry 4.0 technologies, the ŠKODA AUTO project ‘dProduction’ deals with the digitalisation of manufacturing processes. ‘dProduction’ makes the paperless assembly line more efficient, saves time, prevents errors, makes it easier to find paperwork as well as manuals, and helps with workplace orientation. The project is based on four pillars: Visualisation of Complexity, Digital Team Work, Digital Quality Management and Digital Work Instruction.

The Czech manufacturer launched the concept in April this year at its Kvasiny plant for the ŠKODA SUPERB and KODIAQ assembly lines. ŠKODA AUTO invested more than 1.2 million euros in the project. The company has been continuously modernising its production site in Eastern Bohemia for many years so that it can run at maximum capacity.

Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Production and Logistics, said, “The Automotive Lean Production award is further proof that Kvasiny is one of the most advanced production sites in the world. We are delighted that the panel of experts picked our site in Kvasiny as one of the best car factories for the recently implemented ‘dProduction’ project.”

Oeljeklaus will accept the award on behalf of the Production and Logistics department at the 14th Automotive Lean Production conference, which will be hosted by Volkswagen in Wolfsburg on 5 and 6 November 2019. The Automotive Lean Production awards are presented by Agamus Consult each year in collaboration with specialist magazine AUTOMOBIL PRODUKTION, and take place with the theme of “Learning from the best”. The aim of the initiative is to establish a benchmark for lean production and digitalisation in the global automotive industry. The best performers will therefore be presenting their lean production concepts and tools at the two-day event in November.

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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.