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Autoliv Inc.

autoliv is a safety systems
supplier working on electronics
for the future car.

pliers. "The trust factor makes us
one of those companies that has been
around and know our stuff."

Reading the Market
Autoliv has adapted well to changes
within its market, including the 2008
economic crash, Brohm says. "History shows that Autoliv was pretty [successful] in adapting to that in a fast or
agile way," he recalls. "Coming out of
that, Autoliv was more prepared and
[ready] to take action."
When another recession comes,
Autoliv will again be prepared, Brohm
predicts. "The industry is obviously cyclical," he says. "It ebbs and it
flows. There will be something like
that again. Autoliv has been good at
reading the market, understanding
and adapting."
Recently, the company has adapted to the development of self-driving
cars in its market. "That is something
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that is pretty important to Autoliv,"
he says. "If you look at the data for
accidents and fatalities around the
globe, it is highly due to human error,
human judgment or distractions."
Self-driving cars could eliminate
those factors, Brohm says. "It's seen by
Autoliv as a primary path towards saving more lives," he says. "That is what
is shaping the industry right now."
An example of Autoliv's relentless
pursuit to save more lives is found in its
recent announcement to partner with
Volvo Car Corp. to develop software
for automated vehicles, Brohm says.
"This partnership will speed up the
pace of developing technology to enable self-driving vehicles for the marketplace," he says. "It's good for Volvo
in that it speeds up their development
cycle, and it's good for Autoliv that we
have access to Volvo's vehicle development expertise."
A recent example of Autoliv's automated driving technology being incorporated into a production vehicle
can be found in the Mercedes-Benz
E-Class vehicle, which launched at the
end of 2015. "Mercedes is proud of that
vehicle and Autoliv is proud to be able
to make that happen," Brohm says.

Promoting Quality
Manufacturing quality is a top priority
for Autoliv, but the company does not
maintain it through programs or by
performing close inspections alone.
"It's very much about the mindset in
the culture and the people who make
up the organization," Brohm says.
Autoliv has promoted this mindset
through programs such as its "Zero
Defect" initiative, Brohm says. "Rather than thinking about PPMs or defects per million, we hold ourselves
to a standard of zero defects delivered
through operations to our customers," he explains.

"We've had some rather revolutionary examples of success," he says, noting that some production lines had
poor performance when they were
measured in PPM. "We take a workshop approach with the production
team responsible for each production
line to align the team's focus on identifying the obstacles to zero defect
and overcoming those obstacles.
Surprisingly, this approach does
not typically result in the need for

Safely and Sustainably

Autoliv Inc. focuses on saving the environment with its products. "From innovation to
disposal, we consider the potential environmental impact when we design our products
and processes," the company says.
"In various ways, raw materials, components, manufacturing, use and end-of-life
considerations impact our thinking and final
products specifications," Autoliv says. "This
[includes] low-weight safety systems, use
of alternative energy in our products and
improved fuel efficiency."
Autoliv follows its "One Product One
Process" (1P1P) philosophy in this goal,
which "drives our global standardization
of products and processes for improved
customer value, profitability and product
robustness," it says. "1P1P also supports our
sustainability goals by reducing production
complexity through decreasing number of
variants and processes while minimizing
scrap and environmental impact imposed
by logistics."
One example, the company notes, is its
Ecotech seatbelt webbing 1P1P project,
where it reduced the complexity of the
webbing type by lowering the number of
standard bills of material from 21 to one
globally. It also reduced the number of
component part numbers from 25 to two.
"This also helped our supplier consolidation efforts, moving from seven to four
yarn suppliers," the company says. "This
reduction of complexity supports our goal of
improving the sustainability of our products."
Autoliv's associates embrace this vision
globally. "Our products work at the heart
of the vehicle, constantly looking ahead
and around assisting drivers to reach their
destinations safely and sustainably," it says.


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