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Volvo CE accelerates digital ways of working on its mission to build a better tomorrow

Managing complexity and enabling concurrent manufacturing with a digital thread

Committed to innovation, Volvo CE had a pressing need to improve their legacy systems

Headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, Volvo Construction Equipment (CE) is a leading international manufacturer of premium construction equipment. Leveraging more than 180 years of construction expertise and the knowledge of over 14,000 employees, it supplies products and services to more than 180 countries around the world. With innovation at the heart of its strategy and culture, Volvo CE provides the right machines and solutions for any construction job to ensure customer success.

Ever-changing market conditions, shorter product lifecycles, and increasing product complexity are requiring industrial organizations like Volvo CE to change. Companies are adapting by creating new business models, globalizing operations through decentralized production, and leveraging technologies like automation and connectivity to enable customized products and smart services. To realize key business capabilities and secure long-term growth, Volvo CE set out to define a vision for digital transformation.

From customization and connected offerings to electric equipment and embedded software, Volvo CE’s products and services are becoming increasingly complex. At the same time, Volvo CE is transforming to support concurrent ways of working and innovative capabilities that speed execution. To better manage complexity and establish a foundation for innovation and collaboration, Volvo CE implemented a digital thread with a product lifecycle management (PLM) backbone.