ArcelorMittal has embarked on a wide-ranging digital transformation plan, and has just taken a further step through its networks of centers of digital excellence in Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Poland and Spain. The outcomes of the digitization projects will be improved and accelerated thanks to the collaboration of these centers.
The company has recently renamed one of its two R&D centers in Asturias as Global R&D Avilés Innovation Island Centre. This is one of the group's leading centers of excellence dedicated to digitization and Industry 4.0. The engineers, scientists and analysts at the center are working on the development of breakthrough technologies.
In addition, the ArcelorMittal Europe Long Products segment has decided to set up a small digital competence center in Olaberria (Guipúzcoa) to provide support for the certified SAP Center of Excellence in Luxembourg. Its mission will be to work with new agile software developments and cloud technologies to assist the business in its web and mobile services.
The company also has a second R&D laboratory in Avilés (Asturias) and another in Sestao (Vizcaya), and is working with universities in Spain, Germany, Belgium, France, United Kingdom and the United States to take on expert academics who can bring new ideas to the business.
Toward digital transformation
Aditya Mittal, CEO of ArcelorMittal Europe, says: “2017 has been a milestone year for digitization within the company. While the company has had a digital focus for a number of years, benefiting customers in particular, ArcelorMittal is today making major investments, not only in terms of resources but also in time and in management attention, to remain at the forefront of digitization in the steel industry”.
Wim Van Gerven, the management committee member responsible for digital transformation for industry, adds: “"ArcelorMittal isn't new to either commercial or industrial digitization. We've been deploying it for years to improve our processes: our assets are already highly automated and in many cases, connected. But the pace of change is what's new; we're no longer having to wait two to three years for prototypes to be developed and tested –it's happening in a matter of months”.
ArcelorMittal enjoys a competitive advantage among the drivers of digitization, and can guarantee profitability in production and logistics, for example. Its R&D centers in Avilés have developed an innovative technology for linear programming based on studying and mimicking the movements in ant colonies, which has considerably improved productivity.
Last updated: 14|12|2017