Next Level Manufacturing Technology: The thinking and technology behind General Motors’ MES 4.0

The future of automotive manufacturing is changing, becoming technologically smarter, more streamlined, and more sustainable. It’s both exciting and challenging in ways never seen before. At General Motors (GM), manufacturing is viewed as a core competitive advantage, one that will ensure we launch 30+ electric vehicles by 2025. We’ll be eliminating tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035 and becoming carbon neutral in our global products and operations by 2040.


To meet these goals, our manufacturing technology is becoming more flexible—with concurrent production and engineering. We’re improving quality with better test automation and virtual design, development, and validation. And we’re taking advantage of the increase in data from industrial IOT devices, and artificial intelligence and machine learning at the edge.


As GM’s IT director for global manufacturing, my job is to explore how we can exploit concurrent engineering and operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) subsystems, so we can achieve the speed, quality and flexibility needed to meet the challenges ahead.