German car-maker Volkswagen has teamed up with IBM and US software companies i2 and Ariba to create its own business-to-business marketplace.
The company’s decision to go it alone is in marked contrast to the creation of the new joint industry AutoXchange by Ford, GM and Daimler Chrysler, which will be collaborating with software partners Commerce One and Oracle.
VW board member Jens Neumann said the decision not to join the internet alliance of US manufacturers was a deliberate one: `With IBM, i2 and Ariba, we have engaged the leading providers of e-market and supply chain management technologies as partners. VW sees its chance to create a broad European standard. Our e-market is open to everyone.’
Francisco Garcia Sanz, VW board member responsible for procurement, anticipates that the new e-marketplace will lead to savings of up to 50% on supply chain costs.