Manufacturing: a tough market

Alongside globalisation, the most important motors of change for businesses right across the manufacturing industry are cost pressure, intense competition, and the cyclical nature or stagnation of the markets.

We believe the behaviours that will determine success in the manufacturing industry are:

  • Innovation in technology, products and services in order to remain or achieve the position as a premium manufacturer
  • Standardisation, modularisation and the development of product platforms in order to reduce product cost and time to market as well as product complexity
  • Operating as a global player in the triad, with a clear need for a global footprint (sales, services and manufacturing), in order to ensure growth
  • An ongoing focus on cost efficiency, which is still elementary for profit. Production relocation to low-cost countries and a well-functioning manufacturing network are key elements
  • Constant review of the design of the value chain and the definition of core competencies

How we can help

Arthur D. Little's global automotive and manufacturing group (which brings together the firm's automotive and manufacturing practices) helps you find solutions to the fundamental questions posed by industry trends and works closely with you to ensure successful implementation.

Our expertise is based on three pillars:

  • Profound knowledge of the automotive and manufacturing industries
    • We employ a high proportion of consultants with industry background, complemented by former CxOs as advisors and freelancers
    • We undertake studies on industry trends and special issues related to innovation and complexity management
  • We provide tailored solutions
    • Through various partnerships with leading research institutes and universities
    • Though partnering with selected service providers with a complementary "best-of-breed" know-how and skill base
  • We make it happen
    • By leveraging our Global Advisory Network
    • By our pragmatic work-style
    • By sound conceptual work, based on proven methodologies, combined with the know-how to enable organisations (in over 80 per cent of our projects we also play a role in the final implementation)

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