21%of revenue
in 2018

Technological challenges

During the past twenty years, investment in R&D by manufacturers and automotive suppliers has helped meet the many challenges now facing the industry: performance, safety, productivity gains, regulations, quality, internationalisation, communication/telematics, decontamination and hybridisation.

Even today, after several tough years that produced significant overcapacity especially in Europe, the automotive industry is reinventing itself and introducing innovations in a whole number of fields: networked cars, electric engines, driver assistance, self-diagnostic, etc. Electronics are increasingly present, in both the vehicle and the passenger compartment.

In a sector under a lot of pressure, the strategy of manufacturers varies considerably from one region to the next.

European volume car-makers, who have suffered considerably, are looking to pool their production platforms to optimise costs. Product plans are now taking into account emerging countries, thinking along lines of adapting to local supply and setting up local R&D centres. In Germany, premium auto-makers BMW, Audi, Porsche are in robust good health and taking full advantage of growth of countries like China, where they are expanding their local industrial facilities.

ALTEN added value

More than 2,000 ALTEN consultants are actively employed in our subsidiaries in France and abroad for projects with the largest European manufacturers and automobile suppliers. The added value of our work revolves around three main lines:

  • The ability to mobilise resources, to engage in projects and rapidly adapt forms of delivery;
  • Our expertise in specialised areas such as engine management and passenger compartment electronics (infotainment);
  • Our approach in this sector is both transversal (makers and suppliers) and international (France, Germany, Sweden, the USA, India, China).

ALTEN’s presence in India (800 engineers) and China gives us the platform from which to support the future local programs of several of our customers in the auto industry, both in the areas of design and via the establishment of new production centres.

Product & Service Supply

The profound changes affecting the automotive market have brought about a clean break in the R&D strategy of manufacturers, requiring more than ever the support of players able to speed up the pace of innovation and minimise time-to-market imposed by issues of industrialisation.




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range of services

ALTEN offers different service levels to provide the best response to clients’ needs