Leveraging digitalisation in the automotive sector: Indo-German Workshop

Leveraging digitalisation in the automotive sector

Indo-German Workshop

29th June 2021 (14:00 to 15:40 IST / 10:30 to 12:10 CEST)

The automotive industry has made significant strides over the last years and is poised to transform like never before. Digitalization in products, manufacturing processes, trade, supply chain management, and driving experience marks a revolution throughout the entire industry. This transformation requires automotive companies to not only adapt their approach in core processes but also align towards global digital policies and trends for business decisions.

The rapid development of digital technologies is reshaping the automotive industry as a whole on different levels. Digital technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), Robotics or Artificial Intelligence are used to make the production process more efficient and intelligent. IoT/Big Data are crucial for building smart and connected vehicles. As per a report prepared in the framework of the ‘Advanced Technologies for Industry’ (ATI) project, initiated by the EU Commission, DG GROW and the EASME some of the key technological developments shaping the automotive industry are:


Technological developments


  • Car connectivity
  • Autonomous driving


  • Smart factories
  • Industry 4.0 applications

New business models

  • Aftersales services
  • New carownership models
  • Ondemand mobility services

Under the framework of the Indo-German Digital Dialogue by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) we are hosting an informative virtual workshop on the 29th June 2021 (14:00 to 15:40 IST / 10:30 to 12:10 CEST). The Dialogue is facilitated by the German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH (GIZ).

The online exchange aims to bring together automotive companies from Germany and Engineering, R&D service providers from India to discuss the current digital future in the context of trends, best practices, and policies in both countries. It provides case studies of successful cooperation and the discussion will focus on how cooperation between automotive companies and Engineering, R&D service providers can be further strengthened through such platforms. Post this informative webinar, we will also be hosting virtual B2B networking sessions between Indian and German companies for collaborative projects.

Please find the attached agenda and register on the link provided at the bottom to take part in the informative webinar. We would be pleased to welcome you and are looking forward to an interesting discussion.

This event is jointly organized by the Indian National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM), the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), and Global Business Inroads (GBI). The session promotes the intensification of digital topics impacting stakeholders such as industry and government. It contributes to the establishment of internationally harmonised framework conditions for the digitalisation of the economy.

RSVP: Registration link: Click here (Participation is free of charge but prior registration mandatory)

Draft agenda

Total Duration: 1 hour and 40 minutes




35 minutes

Opening Session (Moderation by GBI)

10 min.

NASSCOM – Welcome and presentation about NASSCOM

Gagan Sabharwal, Senior Director - Global Trade Development, NASSCOM

5 min

Global Business Inroads (GBI) – Setting the context

Leena Thomas, Director, GBI

5 min

VDA – Presentation about VDA and future of mobility

Marius Ochel, Head of Cluster International Association Partnerships Africa and India

5 min.

Automotive Components Manufacturers Association (ACMA), India – Current state of digitalisation in manufacturing

Sri Karumbati, Chairman- ACMA Digital & CIO, SSS Group

10 min

German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

Presentation on introducing the digital dialogue


70 minutes

Technical Session

20 min.

NASSCOM presentation on opportunities and challenges in digital policies and trends in India

15 min

Engineering the digital future of automotive

10 min

Case study 1 - Product Digitalisation: Connected, Autonomous, Personalised and Electric

10 min

Case study 2 – Industry 4.0

20 min.

Moderated Q&A

5 minutes

Conclusion and Next Steps