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The automotive sector is one of the world’s largest industries and is a highly complex market characterised by constant challenges and technological innovations.  

Automotive firms need to spend more on new technologies such as connectivity, driving automation, shared mobility, electrification. Simultaneously they need to continue investing in ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) technologies for efficiency, reducing emissions for a few more years. Also, they need to plan other technology investments as lightweight, hydrogen, more safety, security, and other new features. 

Driving towards the future: the automotive industry’s race for innovation and cost optimisation

The profound changes affecting the automotive industry as well as the high competitiveness of the sector, and the need to optimise costs have led manufacturers to accelerate the pace of innovation and minimise product time-to-market. 

After the health crisis, governments launched massive investment plans to support the development of electric and hydrogen technologies and the associated services and infrastructure. 

Several digital giants (e.g. Apple, Foxconn, Xiaomi) have confirmed the launch of their electric car projects. Today, Tesla’s stock market valuation exceeds that of all other manufacturers combined. 

In order to remain competitive, traditional manufacturers and their suppliers are moving to control their value chain: relocation of strategic production (batteries, semi-conductors, etc.) and internalisation of software development related to smart mobility. 

ALTEN, a major player in the automotive sector

ALTEN supports its customers in the industry’s priority challenges, including 

  • Autonomy: secured and connected 
  • The Customer: intuitiveness and comfort 
  • Mobility: shared and globalized 
  • The Economy: a vector of sustainability 
  • Society: low carbon 

Our know-how in automotive engineering, the quality of our project management methodologies (CMMI level 3 since 2013) and the performance of our international R&D structures position us as a technological partner. 

ALTEN in the automotive industry

747 M€

2023 turnover





Areas of automotive expertise covering all vehicle systems and component development

Functional sectors covered by alten

Main OEM’s (Original Equipment Manufacturer)
  • Design, Architecture  
  • Body In White  
  • Chassis, Brakes & Steering  
  • Automate Vehicle Functions 
  • Multimedia & Connectivity  
  • Vehicle Dynamics & Synthesis 
  • Powertrain System (thermal)  
  • Hybrid & Electrical Vehicle  
  • Process Engineering, Smart Factory 
  • Logistic and Supply Chain  
  • PMO, Quality, Training 
  • Infrastructures 
Main Tiers’1
  • ADAS  
  • Cockpit  
  • In Vehicle Infotainement (IVI)  
  • Engine Control (Thermal / PHEV / EV)  
  • Interior Equipments  
  • Exterior Equipments  
  • Process Engineering, Smart Factory 
  • PMO, Quality, Training  
  • Infrastructures 

Our Success Stories 

More than 1,500 ALTEN powertrain engineers are working on key innovations in the sustainable mobility sector, on behalf of top car manufacturers and automotive suppliers. 

A premium British car manufacturer wanted to develop and produce a brand-new family of compact, lightweight, and low-emission petrol and diesel engines internally. To assist this project, ALTEN deployed more than 150 powertrain engineers to the United Kingdom within record time. 

To launch its first level-4 autonomous vehicle, a French car manufacturer has to ensure its safety and robustness with regard to everyday traffic situations. ALTEN is assisting our customer in virtual based safety testing for self-driving vehicle. 

Future autonomous vehicles will be based on groundbreaking innovations coming into series during the next years. The world’s leading automotive safety component supplier and ALTEN are working hand in hand to ensure the development of one of the smallest integrated front camera based advanced driver assistance systems on the market. 

Vehicle light weighting has become one of the biggest challenges faced by the automotive industry, with its impact on fuel economy and emissions, especially considering the new WLTP and RDE tests. ALTEN manages the whole vehicle weight balance process and controls, for two German major automotive manufacturers, over nearly all car lines. 

One of the world’s largest manufacturers of heavy-duty trucks invests several dozen of millions of dollars to upgrade its one million square-foot facilities in Pennsylvania (USA). XDIN USA, a subsidiary of the ALTEN Group, supports the customers to further improve manufacturing quality and efficiency. 

Our clients

Automotive Manufacturers

  • BMW AG 
  • Ford 
  • General Motors 
  • Honda 
  • Jaguar Land Rover 
  • Mercedes-Benz 
  • Renault-Nissan 
  • Stellantis 
  • Toyota 
  • Volkswagen Group
  • Volvo Group

Automotive Suppliers

  • Aptiv 
  • Autoliv 
  • Bosch  
  • Continental AG 
  • Mbition 
  • Magna 
  • Magneti Marelli 
  • Forvia 
  • Seoyon 
  • Valeo 
  • ZF 

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