The OPC Foundation welcomes Volkswagen as its 600th OPC Foundation member


Rapid growth of OPC Foundation shows high demand on
IIoT interoperability based on OPC UA

Scottsdale, AZ – September 19th, 2018 – The OPC Foundation welcomes Volkswagen, the German car manufacturing major as an OPC Foundation member. The OPC Foundation is also pleased to announce record membership growth with Volkswagen being the six hundredth active OPC Foundation member.

Asked about the foundation’s positive membership growth, Stefan Hoppe, OPC Foundation Vice President, responded that “it is gratifying to see membership grow to new heights with Volkswagen as a major global car manufacturer. With the broad acceptance of Industrie4.0 and IIoT and the central role OPC UA plays in them for open and secured data interoperability – the membership growth we are seeing now is just the beginning of the trend we project will develop in the coming years”.

Michael Schweiger, Account & Demand Manager commented on Volkswagen joining the OPC Foundation “With OPC UA at the heart of Industie4.0, adopting the OPC UA technology and using it to its full potential in our factories is a natural progression. Being a member of the OPC Foundation guarantees early information to upcoming key technologies like the OPC UA Companion specifications which provide secured and standardized information and interfaces for assets.”

Volkswagen joins a host of other end user market leaders like LG CNS, Samsung and Miele, who adopted OPC UA in their operations as a step toward realizing the potential benefits Industrie4.0 and IIoT promise into tangible results.

From right to left:
Mr Schweiger (VW) and Stefan Hoppe (OPC Foundation)

About Volkswagen:
The Volkswagen Group, with its headquarters in Wolfsburg, is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. The Group comprises twelve brands from seven European countries: Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania and MAN. The passenger car portfolio ranges from small cars all the way to luxury-class vehicles. Ducati offers motorcycles. In the light and heavy commercial vehicles sector, the products include ranges from pick-ups, buses and heavy trucks. Every weekday, 642,292 employees around the globe produce on average 44,170 vehicles, are involved in vehicle-related services or work in other areas of business. The Volkswagen Group sells its vehicles in 153 countries.

In 2017, the total number of vehicles supplied to customers by the Group globally was 10,741 million (2016: 10,297 million). The passenger car global market share was 12.1 per cent.  In Western Europe 22.0 per cent of all new passenger cars come from the Volkswagen Group. Group sales revenue in 2017 totaled €231 billion (2016: €217 billion). Earnings after tax in 2017 amounted to €11.6 billion (2016: €5.4 billion).


About the OPC Foundation:
Since 1996, the OPC Foundation has facilitated the development and adoption of the OPC information exchange standards. As both advocate and custodian of these specifications, the Foundation’s mission is to help industry vendors, end-users, and software developers maintain interoperability in their manufacturing and automation assets. The OPC Foundation is dedicated to providing the best specifications, technology, process and certification to achieve multivendor, multiplatform, secure, reliable interoperability for moving data and information from the embedded world to the enterprise cloud. The Foundation serves over 580 members worldwide in the Industrial Automation, IT, IoT, IIoT, M2M, Industrie 4.0, Building Automation, machine tools, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, and Smart Energy sectors. For more information about the OPC Foundation, please visit


For more information, contact:

Stefan Hoppe, Global Vice President
OPC Foundation