Innovation and Manufacturing

The changes currently taking place in the automotive-supplier industry from the need to go global to the emergence of new competitors in low-cost countries have increased business uncertainties and turned decision making that used to be straightforward into a much more complicated process. From new lighting technologies to breakthrough powertrain solutions, suppliers manage the frontlines in an attempt to find superior solutions for their OEM customers. They're also responsible for roughly seventy percent of the industry's costs, placing them front and center in the continuing effort to boost productivity.

We help supplier companies in all the steps of the value chain. Our projects range from growth strategies and business-plan development to R&D topics such as material-cost optimization and supply-chain optimization, as well as sales and aftermarket processes. We help clients reduce capital intensity, optimize and standardize their specifications, and refine their approach to innovation and R&D investment. We also have perspectives on globalizing and localizing products, talent management, and corporate-finance topics. With dozens of dedicated consultants and experts around the world, we can address any question a supplier may have. In addition, we work with regional industry groups to maintain a cutting-edge perspective on the issues that matter most. And we invest in knowledge development to address key industry concerns – for example, we recently developed a toolbox of nine elements that play an outsize role in success.

Manufacturing Growth through Resource Productivity

We work with original-equipment manufacturers (OEM) and parts and services suppliers across all sectors of the automotive industry, including passenger car and light-truck manufacturers, heavy-truck makers, and agricultural and construction-equipment companies. Our work involves strategic project management and corporate finance topics ranging from products and branding to mergers-and-acquisitions strategies. We also focus on operational and organization topics ranging from project management to product launch and from lean manufacturing and production to supplier management and value-chain cost reduction.

In addition, we engage in internal research projects. Recent examples include developing insights on the changing supplier/OEM relationship, developing a perspective on the evolution and impact of economic dynamics in emerging markets, and forecasting the impact of carbon fiber and other lightweight materials on automakers. These types of knowledge-building efforts have afforded members of the practice the opportunity to publish articles in Automotive Engineer and to contribute to reports from the Economist Intelligence Unit.

What We Do

Our expertise and global scale allow us to bring a fundamentally different approach to serving clients in the automotive-and-assembly business. We have an unparalleled track record of delivering client impact across a wide range of topics. We can address strategic challenges, such as developing growth strategies or go-to-market strategies, but we also have expertise in portfolio strategy, sales excellence and large-scale transformation programs. Our operations expertise extends from capital productivity to product-development processes and R&D efficiency. Change management, post-merger integration, and sales-channel management—all in the automotive and machinery context—are other core specialties.