Renault Group’s supply chain division has partnered with École des Ponts ParisTech, school of science, engineering and technology, to explore the future of AI optimisation in the supply chain.
The carmaker has worked with the prestigious French school previously, partnering to use its advanced research and applied mathematics centre, known as Cermics, to expand supply chain operational research. The new five-year agreement was signed on November 24 by Denis Le Vot, chief supply chain officer at Renault Group and CEO of Dacia, and Anthony Briant, director of the École des Ponts ParisTech, to strengthen the partnership and accelerate innovation in the supply chain using artificial intelligence.
Anthony Briant, École des Ponts ParisTech (left) and Denis Le Vot, Renault Group (right) signed a five-year partnership to explore the future of AI in the supply chain
Working with machine learning, operational research and generative AI is essential to meet the challenges of digitalisation and to process massive volumes of data. Renault Group said the renewal of this partnership will make it possible to propose ambitious studies based on concrete logistics optimisation challenges.
The OEM said: “Renault Group has built a supply chain based on extensive traceability and decision-making tools, supported by artificial intelligence, aimed at creating more value for its customers while reducing costs, inventories and environmental footprint. This transformation is accompanied by new ways of working and a strengthening of skills.”
Earlier this year, Jean-François Salles, vice-president of partnerships (then global vice-president of supply chain) at Renault Group, spoke at Automotive Logistics & Supply Chain Europe, where he said technology such as the control tower, AI and digital twins helped put supply chain and logistics central to decision-making at the company. “This kind of tool gives an unprecedented ability to anticipate the risks of a shortage to collaborate with the different actors, including our tier-one suppliers and transporters,” he told delegates in Bonn, Germany. “Our transporters provide information and this gives us the ability to prescribe some solutions with the support of AI.”