Industrial and chemicals
The current economic environment for the industrial and chemicals industry is characterized by uncertainty: international trade tensions, geopolitical instability and Brexit, to name a few. In addition, consumer expectations are changing, and regulatory requirements are constantly increasing.
Globalization and digitalization are putting the value chains of industrial companies under pressure as they face an increase in customer requirements regarding quality and availability, and environmental constraints. They also need to innovate and differentiate themselves in order to continue to perform well against competitors, whether the competition is historical or due to new players. Consolidation movements are underway, as part of a race for critical size to finance ever larger investments.
In this context, and more than ever before, the industrial industry is facing major performance and transformation challenges and must therefore adapt itself to cope with these developments and uncertainties.
Challenges in the industrial and chemicals industry
Industrial companies must be both flexible enough to finance their investments or external growth operations and able to continuously strengthen their capacity for innovation in terms of products and services, while maintaining economic performance levels in line with expectations.
This depends on increasingly optimized and controlled operational performance across the entire value chain, from suppliers to customers, support functions and time to market.
How we can help the industrial and chemicals industry
We assist industrial clients by improving their operational performance in the following areas:
Optimization of customer processes and strategy
- Contract life cycle
- Cash flow improvement
- Service rate improvement
- Customer relationship and service
- Multi-channel and digital development
- Cost variabilization
- Lean management
- Design to value on industrial investments
- Optimization of direct and indirect purchasing costs
- Optimization of shared services for support functions
Time to market acceleration
- Optimization of the ideation process
- Industrialization and launch of new products and services
Optimization of working capital and flows
- Tactical and S&OP planning
- Load/capacity matching of resources
- Implementation of inventory policies adapted to the specificities of the industry
- Optimization of organizations including roles and responsibilities
- Staff and performance management
- Change management
We apply a combination of technical expertise, operational experience and business knowledge to help our clients solve industrial and chemical issues and deliver lasting results. Our personal and pragmatic approach, with challenge where needed, ensures buy-in at all levels of our clients’ businesses and a successful outcome. We have worked with a wide range of organizations in the industrial and chemicals industry including Ferrovial Agroman, Essentra, ASSA ABLOY, AkzoNobel, Liberty OneSteel, Bouyer Leroux, Arkema, Orora Group, Johnson Matthey and Essilor. Learn more about us here.