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COVID-19: Mobilizing the automotive industry now

12.05.2020
Company: ACCENTURE CENTRAL EUROPE B.V., organizační složka

Accenture POV on how is automotive industry being impacted by COVID 19, and how should automotive companies respond this new situation. 

 

The automotive industry is disrupted by the four megatrends connected, autonomous, electric and shared driving, causing an unprecedented technology and business model transformation. Amid this transformation, the COVID -19 outbreak is putting additional stress on the industry. After initial supply and manufacturing disruptions, the industry is now experiencing a demand shock with uncertain recovery timeline due to shelter -in -place regulations. With limited room to cut fixed costs, some OEMs have low liquidity to power through a long period of missing revenues. Decreases in market capitalization will likely accelerate industry consolidation and without securing additional funding, some players risk going out of business. Changes in customer behavior, such as different mobility preferences and online shopping expectations, might remain after the crisis.

Challenges brought on by COVID-19

COVID-19 is disrupting the global automotive value chain. Here are a few of the key challenges facing the industry:

1. Disrupted supply chain

Since OEMs rely heavily on just-in-time production, their supply chains were immediately disrupted. In China, almost two-thirds of auto production was directly affected by the country’s industrial shutdown, which had a large impact on their suppliers as well. Furthermore, the shortage of Chinese-made parts has had a heavy impact on global production.

2. Shutdown of manufacturing

While the situation in China is starting to stabilize, most of the US and European car manufacturing is under huge uncertainty on when plants will resume normal production. At the same time, OEMs are starting to shift engineering, assembly and even procurement capacities to produce and source medical equipment.

3. Liquidity

Cash is king—and it becomes even more critical during times like these. Some OEMs have low liquidity, and with minimal operating cash flows, the remaining cash reserves are on average depleted in less than two months. This has led various OEMs to negotiate higher credit lines. Furthermore, the massive drop in market capitalization will likely accelerate industry consolidation. And without securing additional funding, some players risk going out of business. This financial challenge will impact transformational investments into connected, autonomous, shared and electric mobility, which are likely to be deferred.

4. Drop in vehicle sales

China is still the world’s largest market for light vehicles. The sales drop in February 2020 of more than 80 percent in comparison to January. Forecasts for global light vehicle sales in all major regions predict that the market will drop by around 12 percent in 2020. Changes in customer behavior in response to being on “lockdown,” such as less mobility and more online shopping, might remain after the crisis passes.

 

How automotive companies can respond now

To deal with the disruption, businesses need to execute actions over three timelines and a crisis control tower can help to coordinate these actions:

a) A fastresponse to navigate the emerging situation

b) A reset of current business activities to adapt to new financial realities

c) A renewal of strategic plans to emerge stronger after the crisis and adjust to this “new normal”.

 

NOW RESPOND

How OEMs should respond to the ongoing crisis:

  • Implement measures for people safety
  • Stay connected with customers via online and mobile channels
  • Create transparency to enable effective decision-making
  • Establish digital workplace taskforce to ensure effective collaboration

NEXT Reset

How OEMs should reset their ways of working:

  • Manage and mitigate risks across all functional areas
  • Identify trapped value, especially in operating cost, to prevent a liquidity crunch
  • Enable product portfolio shifts through flexible supply chains

RENEW

How OEMs should renew for the ‘new normal’:

  • Create cost-efficient operational robustness by redesigning towards intelligent operations, with digitally enabled people and backoffice processes
  • Scan market for inorganic growth opportunities
  • Reprioritize investment planning and strategic roadmaps

„The OEMs that are most adaptable to change will be best positioned to ride out the immediate challenges and build stronger, more customer-centered businesses. OEMs with resilient operations and an adaptable ecosystem will be rewarded. The focus on the „new normal“, now more than ever, is important. Read our full report to learn more about our insights and actions we recommend“, ends Michal Málek, Managing Director Products Automotive, Accenture ČR.

https://www.accenture.com/us-en/insights/automotive/coronavirus-automotive-rapid-response

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