With the emergence of predictive analytics and cloud computing, the industrial manufacturing is moving towards a world of smart connectivity supported by highly disruptive technologies. To increase competitiveness and meet customers’ demand of new products, traditional companies are forced to transform rapidly and embrace new technology driven business models. Helping auto makers in this transformation is digital manufacturing, which is helping them to turn ideas and concepts to reality faster, economically and more efficiently. The "Cover Story" of APF Nov 2018 explored the world of digital manufacturing in automotive industry and its advantages. It also highlighted the benefit of digital manufacturing with a case study of Mahindra & Mahindra. Car buyers are becoming increasingly demanding when it comes to the functionality and design of their vehicles. At the same time, governments are enforcing more stringent regulations on vehicular emissions. All these trends are driving the demand for plastics in automotive industry, says the "Material Matters" article. Though September 2018 was muted for passenger vehicles due to factors such as high base effect and rising fuel prices, the industry remains optimist for the rest of the year with the upcoming festive season expected to give a boost to PV sales. "OEM Corner" focused on the performance of PV market and tracked the key demand drivers for the industry.
Automotive Products Finder (APF) is an auto engineering magazine that looks into technology and components. Launched in 2005, the magazine is aimed at the engineers in the auto industry, and especially those who are in search of the latest developments in the field of automobiles and the industries related to it, may it be IT/Software, CAD/CAM, CAE, production systems/PLM/ERP, material handling, machine tools/special tools, assembly systems, specialized systems, garage equipment, service gadgets/diagnostics, accessories, etc. The readers include strategic sourcing teams, purchase engineers and those who are in a position to influence decisions and on a long-term.