Innovation initiative wire harness

Innovation and automation in the automotive wire harness


Georg Schnauffer


Mr. Schnauffer is a Research Coordinator

Innovation Initiative Wire Harness


The innovation initiative wiring harness is currently in a phase of restructuring and realignment. Therefore, work in this context is currently paused.


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.

In order to meet these challenges, companies from different levels of the value chain have joined forces to develop standardization approaches and impulses within the framework of pre-competitive cooperation and to introduce them into corresponding standardization bodies such as the DIN-AK of DIN72036.

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

The Innovation Initiative Wire Harness is open to interested participants from Germany and abroad who are able and willing to make a technical contribution.

The objectives of the IIWH

The aim is to work out how to advance general technical progress by using methodical and systemic approaches which have the goal to raise the standardization in the field of wiring harness automation to a new level. 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,
  • Identifying the potential of new technologies,
  • And deriving future scenarios,
  • In order to open up opportunities for standardization.