The production of automotive electronics for future mobility is based on automated lines that secure highest quality and output. For the production and assembly of respective PCBs an effective zero-defect approach and availability is paramount. The challenges, which result from the emerging autonomous driving and electro-mobility call for a step-change in quality of electronic components and systems, as well as regarding reactivity to product and market changes whilst keeping the stringent cost constraints in focus. Key features, such as “product/component quality”, “cost control” and “time-to-market” for multi-millions of products outline the situation in the automotive industry at the brink of a new economic scenario and govern the global competitiveness.