To achieve these business targets operational excellence has become increasingly important. Business leaders recognize that world-class operations are the key to secure your competitive edge.
The challenges automotive OEMs and suppliers are currently facing on the upstream side of the business are as diversified as the OEMs themselves. After a period of cost cutting, restructuring and outsourcing, where OEMs in the triad markets have focussed on improving their cost position, OEMs are now tackling the complexity created by shortening life cycles, proliferation of new models and new emerging markets. However, cost pressures continue due to globalisation of the competitive landscape.Emerging market/new entrant OEMs are rapidly closing the gap in terms of product quality and production efficiency, while maintaining their advantageous cost position.
Operational efficiency is a key lever to deliver the OEM’s objectives. Within the automotive industry, operational excellence covers the optimization of each step along the value creation process from product development, sourcing, supply chain management, manufacturing, to the management of warranty and quality issues.With a unique blend of deep-content technical consulting, real hands-on experience from our work with automotive operations, and classic strategic consulting expertise Ricardo helps its clients create efficient and competitive operational structures and processes. Key topics we focus on are:
Almost by definition, manufacturing excellence continues to be a cornerstone for any successful “manufacturer”. Regardless of how good your product is on paper, if you can’t assemble it cost effectively at the volumes required and with the appropriate level of quality it will face serious challenges in the market. Because manufacturing is generally the highest cost area outside of purchased materials, producing at a lower cost and comparable (or better) quality than your competitors can be a sustainable advantage that is not easily replicated.
So while their importance has not diminished, the challenges facing manufacturing organizations have grown. Common issues include:
Our unique mix of strategic vision and hands-on experience positions Ricardo to support both manufacturing strategy development and tactical implementations. Specific areas where we can add value include:
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