Since 2015, a radical change in the international perception of sustainability has been under way. The last two years have, in fact, represented a turning point, in particular with regards to the debate on the sustainability of development. The Paris agreements on the fight against climate change and the General Assembly of the United Nations approval of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent important milestones. For example, themes such as the fight against poverty, the elimination of famine and the fight against climate change, which were once addressed solely by the scientific community, non-profit organisations and a few leaders in the business community, are nowadays important matters on the agendas of international institutions, governments and important financial institutions.
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In this radical international transformation, the private sector is being called on for an epic change: it is no longer just about making processes and products more efficient, but also about radically re-thinking business models, systems of offer and value chains. The important challenge that the business world has to understand and overcome for long-term success is that of learning to interpret implicit expectations and needs, looking to the future, in such a way as to generate value for its customers and for the community as a whole. The processes of transformation of our society are reflected in the way in which we live our daily experiences – we work, we communicate, we dress, and we eat differently – and they also involve mobility, which now follows rules which were unimaginable until just a few years ago. The car is no longer a status symbol, something to possess, but an instrument which carries out a series of complex functions. It has to take us from one place to another, of course, but it also has to guarantee safety, give and receive information, interact with the external environment, ensure environmentally-compatible performance.
The automotive sector is committed to a process of profound transformation, stimulated by macro-trends, some of which, such as environmental efficiency and safety, have already been clear for some time and are rapidly being joined by the multifunctional nature of the car. The cars of the future will have little in common with those which we see in circulation nowadays: they will have more in common with living and working spaces, and they will take us where we ask them to. The contribution of the driver will be ever less necessary, as the vehicle gradually gains autonomy. With Autonomous Driving, cars which are hyperconnected, sensitive, intelligent, capable of making decisions will reduce the risks associated with circulation and will allow travellers to free up time to be dedicated to other things. Magneti Marelli, a global player in automotive components, accompanies the development of traditional products with its total commitment to this process of evolution, through investments in research and development which continuously generate new solutions.
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The vocation for quality and excellence is combined with continuous attention towards innovation, together with a vision for a more sustainable society.
The strategic choice of Magneti Marelli is that of valorising all of the possible synergies between its Business Lines, ever-increasingly integrating the competences present in the Company. A car is no longer simply the sum of various components, inasmuch as it is, and will be ever-increasingly, a kind of complex organism, in which every element interacts with the others, under the coordination of a single “brain”. For this reason, the collaboration between the various divisions and upstream (car makers) and downstream (distribution and post-sales assistance) systems is fundamental.
In response to the ever-increasingly important global challenge regarding sustainability, in line with commitments made by the FCA Group, Magneti Marelli has applied new systems at all levels of the organisation, with a view to increasingly-integrated management in this field as well. In particular, each Business Line has a sustainability contact who is charged with bringing in line projects and initiatives created, in order to see that the experiences and knowledge from the various Business Lines become common assets on an international level. The sustainability team serves as a liaison with MMEC, the Company Board, which is presented with news regarding progress made in terms of sustainability.
The most modern vehicles already contain a number of technological elements which will soon render them ever more autonomous. Over the years to come, we will begin to use intelligent vehicles, capable of elaborating large quantities of information, thanks to which it will be possible to reach higher levels of efficiency and safety, as well as being able to make use of a series of additional functions. This is the direction in which Magneti Marelli is moving, with various products and technologies, serving Customers and drivers.
Digitalisation, interconnection and automation are modifying – and continue to modify – the competitive environment in which businesses operate, as well as the context in which we live and work. Faced with that which is defined as the fourth industrial revolution or industry 4.0, the manufacturing sector is certainly among those most involved, and that which, more than any other, is experiencing radical change. Nowadays, digital technology allows for the processing of an enormous quantity of data – so-called big data – which can be collected, analysed and processed in real time, becoming a tool for the reading and solving of problems and for the instructing of machines. Effectiveness, efficiency and quality of operational processes are only some of the benefits for companies, which manage to control manufacturing processes in a precise and rapid manner, wherever in the world they are carried out, at any time, thus dematerialising control operations which, up to just a few years ago, had to be carried out directly in the plant.
We are facing a revolution which is not only technological, but above all cultural. The way of seeing industry, manufacturing and organisation of work is changing, requiring ever-more specialised personnel, as are the relationships with all of the stakeholders, in particular with Customers, who can now count on intelligent products and on an ever-increasingly personalised offer.
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In the upcoming phases of evolution in the automotive industry, innovation, whether for products or processes, will increasingly prove to be a watershed. One of the key points of this aspect is that these new challenges cannot be won alone. It is ever more necessary to create synergy within the Company, between Business Lines, and to collaborate with the various players which orbit around the business and with which the Company creates value. This allows for exchange and for the bringing together of all the stimuli present both inside and out of the Company, taking on knowledge and experience, and growing according to a shared approach.
Its presence in nineteen countries requires Magneti Marelli to continuously communicate with a panorama which is as even and interconnected from a market point of view as it is variegated in terms of culture, territory and people. It is this very variety of contexts that leads the Company to integrate and to act as a driver for growth and development in the local community.
This is why Magneti Marelli commits to observing and understanding the characteristics of the context, in order to interpret and share with the community the aspects to be valorised and the requirements for intervention. This relationship is characterised according to the geographic location and the Company’s activities. Projects and initiatives are focused and constructed according to requirements emerging from the analysis of the geographic area, and then applied thanks to communication and collaboration with local figures such as institutions, bodies, organisations and companies. ‘Development’ therefore becomes the key work for describing Magneti Marelli’s world-wide mission.
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