Munich Re enters joint venture with Porsche
Munich Re has entered into a joint venture with car manufacturer Porsche and its management consultancy arm MHP to bring innovation to small-batch manfacturing.
The newly formed business FlexFactory aims to meet the many growing needs of the manufacturing industry, which is facing increased pressure to shorten traditional production processes and adapt to increasingly narrow customer requirements - all while remaining on or, increasingly, under budget.
FlexFactory aims to solve the challenges of small-series production through what Ralf Hofmann, founder and Chairman of MHP, describes as “digital, flexible solutions and technological innovations”.
“We can now do just that even in microscale custom production while simultaneously maintaining high cost-effectiveness,” he adds.
Pooling talents to meet demand
By “bundling” their various expertise, the three firms aim to tackle the traditional sticking points in overhauling manufacturing processes.
Porsche will bring its proficiencies in global manufacturing to the table, along with the digital process optimisation of MHP. Munich Re meanwhile will oversee risk management, handle finance and insurance models, as well as digital risk assessment using IoT sensor systems through its subsidiary relayr.
“With the FlexFactory, we and our partners have created a future oriented platform for opening up new markets, which addresses a central challenge of modern production,” says Munich Re board member Torsten Jeworrek. “Our cooperation once again underlines Munich Re’s innovative power and solution competence as a risk manager and financing expert for Industry 4.0.”
Interest in the venture, which remains subject to regulatory approval, will be equally split between Porsche and Munich Re. The car giant and its subsidiary MHP will each hold 25%, with Munich Re controlling the remaining half.
Picture (L-R): Dr. Thomas Blunck, Member of Munich Re’s Board of Management; Dr. Torsten Jeworrek, Member of Munich Re’s Board of Management; Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman and Member of the Executive Board Finance and IT at Porsche AG; Dr. Ralf Hofmann, CEO, Shareholder and Founder of MHP; Albrecht Reimold, Member of the Executive Board Production and Logistics at Porsche AG; Greg Barats, Head of Munich Re’s Global IoT Business
SLK Software: Optimising performance in the digital economy
Established in 2000 in Bengaluru, India, SLK Software recognises that fast-paced digital transformation is creating an unprecedentedly fertile period of opportunity for global businesses.
As such, with a firm belief in the power of simplification and automation to yield new and exciting experiences, the company has been challenging the status quo for over 20 years through an approach that is:
- Relationship oriented
- Strategically focused on a desired outcome
- Reliant on automation tech
Believing in purposeful automation
SLK’s specialisation in automation tech is full spectrum: artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Robotic Process Automation (RPA), and more, are all part of its core competencies.
Citing 90% productivity improvements, 30% business growth through better customer experiences, and up to 20x faster go-to-market capabilities, the reasons for its focus are clear.
The company currently serves the banking, financial services, insurance, retirement services, M&A, manufacturing, and supply chain sectors. Solutions offered include:
- Intelligent Business Transformation
- Agile IT Automation
Accelerating workflow processes
The latter is a tool specifically calibrated to enable business users an easy method for capturing document processes. This can occur across any application, with these individual tasks then seamlessly combined for both improved compliance and governance.
Carol Castelloni, VP of Transformation at CNA Insurance, highlighted this as providing critical support in helping the company meet its business objectives:
“SLK’s Avo Discover tool accelerates how we can document workflow processes, measure impacts on enhancements, and identifies future automation opportunities.” Liberated from having to focus on these process-driven aspects of business, CNA Insurance has been able to refocus its attention on creative problem-solving instead.
Ultimately, this is the most important benefit that SLK brings: it optimises the back end so that clients can channel their energy towards what matters the most, customers.
Read more about SLK Software and CNA Insurance in the June 2021 edition of FinTech Magazine.
Pictured: SLK Software team (source)