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Building a foundation for the future: One PLM at MAHLE

MAHLE – known globally for its high-quality pistons – is a leading international development partner and supplier to the automotive industry, covering all major aspects related to powertrains and air conditioning – for both combustion engine cars and electric vehicles. The advent of electric mobility means that the company needs to address fundamental changes. To cope with the challenges, MAHLE is preparing to introduce a uniform PLM landscape. The important role played by system provider CENIT in developing and implementing this new PLM world is reflected by the conclusion of a strategic partnership between the two companies.

MAHLE was created in 1920 when Hermann Mahle hired on at the Hellmuth Hirth motor works in Bad Cannstatt; in 1922 Mahle’s brother Ernst also joined business. The company developed the first light-alloy pistons which permitted higher engine speeds than the customary gray-iron pistons. To increase the durability of the delicate light-alloy parts, the brothers developed oil and air filters, setting off the triumphal march of the modern light-alloy piston.

At one time, half of the automobiles on the road anywhere in the world were equipped with MAHLE products. From a small testing workshop, the company grew into a leading global technology enterprise.

Today, MAHLE is a corporation with international presence: around 77,000 employees working at 170 production facilities in 34 countries generated sales of € 12.3 billion in 2016, with sales growth of over 100 percent just in the past five years. This unusually high growth rate is largely a result of acquisitions, including engine manufacturer Cosworth Technology, thermal management specialist Behr and the thermal management segment of Delphi Automotive. MAHLE has positioned itself as a major provider for powertrain solutions.

But the auto industry faces great changes. The demise of the combustion engine is just a matter of time, at least in the passenger car sector. New mobility concepts are arriving on the scene – a true challenge for a supplier like MAHLE, where the combustion engine is virtually a part of the company DNA.

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