Catena-X is a data-sharing alliance that leading parties of the German technology and automotive industry initiated in 2020 with the aim to standardize information and data-sharing across the entire automotive value chain. Around 150 companies have joined the initiative that aims to drive competitiveness and streamline processes to drive efficiency and promote access to valuable information and data. Let's explore the purpose and impact of Catena-X.


The background – a German data-sharing alliance top priority

In 2020 Angela Merkel urged leading parties of the automotive industry to make data spaces a top priority, and in December the same year Bloomberg news reported that renowned German companies such as BMW, Deutsche Telekom, Robert Bosch, SAP, Siemens, and ZF Friedrichshafen united to establish a German data-sharing alliance to recover ground lost to U.S. and Chinese competition – the Automotive Alliance had been founded under the name of “Catena-X Automotive Network”.

The aim of the alliance was to create a standardized approach for information and data-sharing across the entire automotive value chain. By increasing competitiveness, streamlining processes, and facilitating industry-specific collaboration, the association sought to drive efficiency and promote access to valuable information and data.

Fast forwards to April 2023 – around 150 companies have joined the cause and Catena-X has just announced its beta-operations at Hannover Messe as a new landmark for data spaces altogether.


Catena-X addresses concerns related to data sharing

Catena-X sees itself as a rapidly scalable ecosystem where all participants in the automotive value chain can participate equally. The intention is to provide an environment where end-to-end data chains along the entire automotive value chain can be established.

The purpose is to increase the automotive industry’s competitiveness, improve efficiency through industry-specific cooperation and accelerate company processes through standardization and access to information and data. A special focus is dedicated to the SMEs, whose active participation is of central importance for achieving the network’s success of end-to-end data chains.

Whilst Catena-X is an industry specific initiative within automotive, it is based on the International Data Space standard and the European cloud infrastructure of Gaia-X, which in turn is a broader initiative that emphasis cross-border and cross-industry data sharing and aims to develop and establish a European data infrastructure for enabling secure and sovereign data sharing among organizations.

The data network will create an important starting point and act as key enabler for the industry to respond more efficiently to the challenges of digital transformation and to make better use of the opportunities offered by digitalization.

What does Catena-X mean to ChainTraced?

Since November 2022 ChainTraced has been a member of Catena-X, as we recognize the initiative to provide great collaboration and growth opportunities. Joining forces with industry leaders, we look to learn as well as contribute with our experience of working extensively with Enterprises and SMEs of the metallic value chain to provide desirable and viable solutions and drive our cause of empowering secure and sustainable value chains. Participation in Catena-X allows us to validate the feasibility of our solutions within use cases like Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) tracking, Quality Management and Traceability as well as data and data exchange standards. Moreover, Catena-X provides invaluable momentum that fosters dialog within supply chain traceability.

The future of collaboration

Catena-X represents the future of collaboration in the automotive industry, placing inclusive collaboration, data sharing, and data sovereignty at the forefront of driving competitiveness. With its rapid progress and inclusive approach, Catena-X offers an inspiring model for companies within the industry and for other industries seeking to drive innovation and transformation.

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Daniel Eriksson Pitt

Chief Commercial Officer
Daniel has extensive experience from the B2B Business Application space as Strategy & Business development lead as well as Digital Advisor. He is passionate about desirable and viable digital business solutions that realizes value.