Capgemini and Audi launch new JV for digital tech and consulting services

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 29 May 2020


Capgemini and Audi have launched their joint venture called XL2. It will provide digital technology and consulting services in the fields of SAP S/4HANA and cloud services primarily for Audi and the entire Volkswagen Group.

XL2 combines an agile start-up culture reinforced by two global industry leaders. The company's goal is to expand its project business gradually and achieve a powerful workforce within the next five years.

XL2 has been founded to support the automotive industry in digital transformation tasks. The joint venture that focuses on consulting and technology services for cloud and SAP S/4HANA includes industry solutions such as SAP Leonardo. XL2 is designed to enable end-to-end digital manufacturing, covering all central processes, including production planning, logistics, finance, maintenance, quality and materials management. Projects of the legally independent entity are to be carried out for Audi. The first focus areas are SAP projects for production and master data management, as well as development in the context of cloud-based applications.

Longstanding partnership grows stronger
Capgemini and Audi have a longstanding partnership in developing solutions for digital transformation and co-innovation. The new co-owned company strengthens this collaboration and leverages their joint capabilities.

The joint venture will have dual leadership: by GĂ©raldine Aubert, previously Vice President of Packaged Based Services at Capgemini, and Felix Spitznagel, previously Director SAP Acceleration Center at Audi. The goal of this agile, innovative company is to build a powerful workforce within the next five years in order to service more projects in the future. The company is now looking to recruit namely SAP consultants, software developers as well as analytics and data engineers, from graduates to established experts. XL2's headquarters are located in Heilbronn in Germany, in close proximity to Audi’s production site in Neckarsulm.

Markus Winkler, Global Head of the Automotive Sector at Capgemini said "XL2 is an exciting new brand that stands out from the market combining an agile start-up culture and the experience and capabilities of two industry leaders. Its employees will shape digital transformation in the automotive industry with key state-of-the-art technologies. For that, we are excited to join forces with Audi, a technology leader in its own industry.