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Strategy & Consulting | Dipl.-Kfm. Ingo Olschewski

Technology portfolio strategies for CO2 reduction

Legislative CO2- and emission guidelines are major drivers for mid- and long-term automotive developments.

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Strategy & Consulting | Dipl.-Kfm. Ingo Olschewski

Digitalization and new business models

The increasing digitalization is essential for many new functionalities like connected and automated driving, and is a major driver for new vehicle and interior concepts.

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Strategy & Consulting | Dipl.-Kfm. Ingo Olschewski

Life cycle analysis (LCA) as a strategic decision tool: The E₂P approach

Increasing the efficiency over the life cycle and the decarburization of all processes are important goals in the development of current and future mobility concepts.

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Strategy & Consulting | Dipl.-Kfm. Ingo Olschewski

Trend analysis e-mobility - Technological and political consulting

Severe emission standards, CO2 limits and increasing requirements for transport efficiency are major challenges for the worldwide automotive industry.

Business Model Analysis and Simulation

Since vehicles become increasingly digitized and networked, car manufacturers, suppliers and non-industry players of vehicles are able to develop new business models. In particular, established companies in the automotive industry will, therefore, have to identify new business models at an early stage to ensure their own success, to evaluate them in the context of the company, to adapt and to implement them.

In addition to its existing method portfolio in Strategy and Consulting, fka has developed an integrative method to analyze and evaluate business models: business model analysis and simulation. This is typically done in five phases:

  1. Market analysis with identification of the potentially relevant business models for the company.
  2. Qualitative analysis of the business model variants with specification of the main influencing factors and interactions.
  3. Business model simulation: first of all, the determination of the key figures (for example turnover, equipment quotas, user numbers).
  4. Subsequent quantification of the model components (e.g. cost structures) and transfer to a simulation tool.
  5. Simulation of the business model variants while taking into account technological, legislative and customer influencing factors.

The result: The business model options can be evaluated on a customer-specific basis and – if necessary – strategic alternatives can be identified at an early stage.

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Modeling of CO₂ strategies

fka has comprehensive toolkit of analysis and modeling methods at its disposal for the valid definition of technology portfolio strategies for CO2 reduction

The aim of the modeling itself is to determine the (possible) influences of certain components or technologies on the CO2 fleet emissions of a specific vehicle fleet. A fleet can be defined, for example, by vehicle segments, powertrain architectures or by OEMs. Optimisation calculations can be used to derive statements about the market penetration of various powertrain concepts and technologies.

Areas of application are investigations of individual components, complete systems and entire technology and vehicle portfolios.

The modeling takes place in three steps:

1. Data Generation

  • Demand-oriented analysis of international CO2 monitoring data
  • Technology screening including CO2 potentials in different cycles
    • Consideration of manufacturing costs, mass effects and learning curves
    • Simulative determination of CO2 potentials in cooperation with our powertrain division
  • Aggregation of data at system level to reduce complexity

 

2. Model definition and calculation

  • Bottom-up modeling of vehicles, manufacturer and total market fleets under consideration of technological interactions.
  • modeling of optimised technology strategies on base of relevant target variables, e. g.:
    • Maximum cost efficiency from the perspective of the OEM / supplier
    • Demand-oriented solution, e. g. maximum sales potential
    • Economic optimum of costs / sales
  • Scenario technique for the representation of alternative future developments under consideration of accompanying framework conditions, including sensitivity analyses
  • High-resolution and time-dynamic modeling of the vehicle market
  • TCO modeling to determine the total costs during a useful life
  • End-user utility value analyses

The study can be supplemented by CO2 life cycle modeling, which is preceded by a life cycle analysis of the component or the complete system (LCA). The lifecycle analysis can be carried out starting from component level up to an assessment of whole vehicle fleets. In that way, the actual sustainability effect of the use of certain technologies can be validly determined.

 

3. Strategic implications

The results of the model analysis are used alone or in combination with further strategic tools (e. g. SWOT analyses) to derive strategic implications for our clients. These implications include

  • Definition of possible technology portfolio strategies
  • Identification of strategic product fields
  • Analysis of threat potential for the current product portfolio
  • Definition of sales and marketing strategies

In close coordination with the customer, specific roadmaps for action are finally developed together with the customer, taking into account the individual situation.

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Monitoring Technology

As part of a classic product portfolio consultation, fka analyzes the future viability of current and future product strategies of players in the automotive industry and related sectors.

Singularly or coupled with our market modeling (-> link to the corresponding category), we analyze topic-related components, partial or complete systems and evaluate them as part of a technology study.

To this end, we conduct the following process steps:

  1. Technology trend analysis on system and component level in all relevant vehicle domains (drive, body, E/E).
  2. Technology roadmapping for analysis, forecasting and visualization of technological development paths.
  3. Comparison with the existing product portfolio of the customer.
  4. Derivation of technology strategies (e.g. product planning, competitive positioning).
  5. Corresponding profitability analyzes to further concretize the technology strategy towards realistic sales potential.

As a result, we derive strategic implications together with our clients for future business area planning and, if desired, present concrete options for action.

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Life-Cycle Analysis

As development cycles in the automotive industry become shorter and shorter – not least because of the rapid development of electromobility – there is an increased need to evaluate the sustainability of systems and component designs. Within a life-cycle analysis (LCA), the fka analyzes new designs of its customers and evaluates their future viability:

  1. At the beginning of an LCA, fka first conducts an individual environment analysis for the customer. Here, for example, the focus can be on lightweight construction in the vehicle, CO2 legislation or regulations for sustainable product and process design.
  2. In the course of defining the LCA objective and the relevant analysis dimensions, fka selects the procedure according to ISO 14040 to 14044, and, with the Life-Cycle Inventory, it determines the exact scope of investigation at the system and component level.
  3. In the following, detailed process-level lifecycle analysis, the relevant manufacturing processes are analyzed, including company-specific information and data. A subsequent projection on the entire vehicle level allows us to consider different vehicle concepts, especially in the usage phase.

The result is an integrated energetic and ecological evaluation of the product and process. By means of a sensitivity analysis, fka can validate basic assumptions and variables. A final interpretation of the results provides the customer with concrete recommendations for a sustainable product and process design.

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Patent Research and Analysis

Patent analyses and evaluations are gaining in importance as international competition intensifies and development cycles become shorter and shorter.

fka assists its clients in securing strategic business development by analyzing national and global patents and assessing them at system and component levels. During the analysis, it identifies potential competition technologies and evaluates the current competitive situation on the basis of the generated information.

As part of the patent analysis, the following process steps can be used to obtain relevant and meaningful information:

  • Extensive technology analysis to build up relevant system and component understanding.
  • Identification of IPC’s patent classes with high relevance for considered technology with our own IPC Patent Class Identification Logic.
  • Analysis and evaluation of identified patents in identified IPC patent classes by using our own evaluation routine.
  • Description of the state of the art of the technology field under consideration and identification of potential alternative technologies.
  • Analysis of the competitive situation and supporting the results through interviews.

As a result, the customer receives a detailed result matrix of the evaluated patent information, on the basis of which the patent portfolio can be optimally evaluated and strategic business areas secured.

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