Innovation initiative wire harness

Innovation and automation in the automotive wire harness


Georg Schnauffer


Mr. Schnauffer is a Research Coordinator

Innovation Initiative Wire Harness

As one of the most elaborate and complex individual components, the wire harness plays an important role for the entire automotive industry. In the future, with e-mobility and autonomous driving, the performance of the wire harness will have to meet new challenges.

The Innovation Initiative Wire Harness (IIWH)

Automation and modularisation, as well as the associated new production, manufacturing and assembly technologies, open up opportunities to improve the added value of this key component.

Nevertheless, complexity and a wealth of variants in terms of automation bring a number of challenges that can only be solved across companies.

To this end, companies from different stages of the value chain have joined forces to jointly face these challenges within the framework of precompetitive cooperation.

The Innovation Initiative Wire Harness is an open cooperation association of actively collaborating industry representatives who are working on various precompetitive topics within the framework of the ARENA2036 research campus.

The Innovation Initiative Wire Harness is open to further participants from Germany and abroad.

The objectives of the IIWH

The aim is to work out how to advance general technical progress by using methodical and systemic approaches, impulses for standardisations and general technical or scientific procedures. The link between the automation of the wire harness during engineering and production or assembly needs to be taken into account.

At the Innovation Initiative Wire Harness, partners from all stages of the value chain are working together on a precompetitive basis within the framework of ARENA2036 to drive forward the automation of the development, production and assembly of the wire harness.

In the process, the Initiative will be:

  • Identifying the future requirements for the wire harness of tomorrow,
  • Opening up opportunities for standardisation,
  • Identifying the potential of new technologies,
  • And deriving future scenarios.