Gene Hopkins is Director of Applications within the Information Technology Department at Faurecia North America, based in Columbus, IN. In this role, Hopkins leads a team of professionals responsible for supporting applications as well as business process development & support for over 50 sites in the US, Mexico, and Canada. Hopkins’ responsibility includes supporting the design, development, and execution of the company’s IT strategy with special focus on Digital Transformation, Manufacturing Execution Systems, ERP (SAP), and Engineering IT Systems.
Hopkins started his career as a Cobol programmer at Arvin Industries, moving up through various positions in both technical and applications development & support within Arvin, ArvinMeritor, and EMCON Technologies, eventually joining Faurecia in 2010 with the acquisition of EMCON by Faurecia. He has a total of 36 years in various positions within the automotive industry, including: Systems Analyst, EDI Coordinator, Technical Services Manager, Director of B2B Communications, Sr. IT Director, and Director of Applications NAO.
Gene holds an BSB in Gobal Business Management from the University of Phoenix.
Faurecia’s Digital Transformation
With more than 103,000 employees in 330 locations in 34 countries, Faurecia is one of the largest Tier One automotive suppliers in the world. Last year, the company tallied global sales of more than $22 billion. Faurecia is the world’s No. 1 supplier of seat mechanisms and structures; vehicle interiors; and emissions control technologies.
In 2015, Faurecia launched an initiative to transform itself into a digital enterprise. The company looked at every area where digital technology could enable gains in efficiency. These included applying simulation tools in R&D to increase innovation agility; capturing data from every machine and process to improve quality; and deploying collaborative engineering technology to improve communication with customers and increase knowledge-sharing within the company.
In this thought-provoking presentation, you’ll learn how Faurecia is capturing and analyzing data to prevent equipment failures, correct inefficiencies and increase productivity. You’ll discover how automated tracking of components via RFID tags is simplifying logistics and enabling real-time management of inventory flows and quality. You’ll see how real-time on-screen monitoring of production is replacing manual intervention, freeing employees for more valuable and rewarding work. And, you’ll learn how smart automation and collaborative robots are improving ergonomics and optimizing manufacturing.