Renault signs Google deal to accelerate data strategy

RenaultRenault is aiming to speed up its digital transformation by signing a multi-year deal to implement Google Cloud for data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence and improve its supply chain, production quality, and slash its environmental impact.

Renault has been developing its own digital platform since 2016 to connect and aggregate industrial data from 22 group sites worldwide and more than 2,500 machines. This new partnership is aimed at optimising Renault’s bespoke industrial data management platform.

As part of the agreement, staff at the French owned car giant, will also receive digital training across engineering, manufacturing, and IT to enhance the company’s data-driven culture.

Google is keen to use the contract to reinforce its industrial capabilities, an area which has so far played second fiddle to its healthcare, financial services and retail client-base, including the likes of Unilever, John Lewis and Sainsbury’s.

Renault director of manufacturing and logistics Jose Vicente de los Mozos said: “This collaboration is a perfect illustration of Groupe Renault’s digital strategy, applied here to the industrial field.

“This agreement and the commitment of our IT, manufacturing and supply chain management teams will allow us to accelerate the deployment of our Industry 4.0 plan designed to transform and connect our production sites and logistics processes around the world to improve our standards of excellence and performance.”

Google Cloud chief executive Thomas Kurian added: “The automotive industry has innovation in its DNA, and there is immense potential for digital technology to have a significant impact on production. We are proud to be partnering with Groupe Renault to help revolutionise the future of automotive manufacturing and power the next generation of supply chain excellence.”

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