On the 5th of July 2022, AWARD took part in Automotive 2022 in Linz, Austria: Domestic automotive industry shapes the mobility of tomorrow: locally developed, globally successful, sustainably produced. With the impending end of combustion engines in Europe, fragile supply chains, and material and personnel shortages – there is currently no shortage of challenges for the automotive industry and its suppliers. At the “Automotive 2022” industry conference organized by Business Upper Australia (one of the partners of the AWARD H2020 project), at the Oberbank Donau Forum in Linz, 140 company representatives discussed solutions and future opportunities all the more intensively.
“We are in a boxing ring full of complex challenges,” says Florian Danmayr, manager of the Automotive Cluster Upper Austria, summing up the mood in the industry. However, there are many positive things to report in these challenging times: “Not a single one of the 280 partner companies of the automotive cluster has had to close down in recent years because everyone – from employees to top managers – has used the strengths of the location: use the existing know-how, show commitment, contribute creative, innovative ideas and put them into practice…The biggest challenge will probably be to find the right qualified employees,” he concluded.
Digitrans whose main task with the AWARD project is the testing and deployment of automated and autonomous vehicles and driving functions with a focus on logistic and heavy-duty vehicle transport, both in a closed test environment and on public roads, presented AWARD under the title of Automotive 2022: local-global-sustainable – best answers for future transport.