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Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Create a lasting impact in global manufacturing and supply chain operations

Use supply chain and manufacturing operations to create winning strategies

We guide clients through the design and implementation of operational strategies that will stand the test of time, while creating agility and a product portfolio that is commercially and operationally optimized. An interdisciplinary approach—drawing insights from commercial, marketing, IT and digital, and product design—helps clients to unlock next-level productivity gains.

Take a holistic approach to transformation to capture end-to-end value

We show clients how to drive the next S-curve to discover value that is hidden at the intersection of functions—even well-performing ones. More than digitizing operations, we leverage digital and analytics to fundamentally rethink and innovate manufacturing and supply chain operations.

Transform manufacturing processes for better productivity

We help organizations to significantly boost both productivity and effectiveness of core processes, through offerings that encompass everything from digital diagnostics to plant transformations, order management, asset productivity, predictive maintenance, resource-production manufacturing, and lean warehousing.

Boost operational health by identifying skill gaps and building capabilities

Successful manufacturing requires a sweeping upgrade of skills and capabilities, as manufacturers compete with new and agile “digitally native” competitors. We partner with clients to build foundational enablers and develop skills through capability building to create rapid and sustained impact.

Foster a quality culture to create competitive advantage

We help our clients to consistently meet and exceed customer expectations at every touchpoint through benchmarking, developing quality and compliance strategies, and remediation services across the entire value chain and product life cycle.

Leverage digital and autonomous supply chain opportunities

We help clients leverage the opportunities of supply chain 4.0 by incorporating IoT, robotics, and analytics—resulting in a system that allows organizations to react quickly—improving both company performance and customer satisfaction. This digitally connected ecosystem and real-time visibility assists in the removal of silos across the supply chain, resulting in lower costs, smaller inventories, and fewer lost sales.

1–4%

typical increase

in earnings before interest and taxes

2.2×

higher margin

through skill-based transformations

25%

average reduction

in working capital

Featured capabilities

Digital Capability Centers

Our worldwide network of digital capability centers offer a unique environment to aid in developing the future of manufacturing and supply chain. Clients can “learn by doing” in state-of-the-art facilities across all operational capabilities.

Always On

A suite of supply chain solutions that helps clients execute and sustain new ways of working, including dashboards, performance metrics, built-in simulations, optimization, and root-cause analytics to guide transformations.

Featured insights

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A more resilient supply chain from optimized operations planning

– To combat greater complexity and prepare for rapid demand shifts, resilient companies can integrate prescriptive analytics into... their supply chain planning.
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Harnessing volatility: Technology transformation in oil and gas

– Digital technologies can help oil and gas CEOs and leaders cut costs, boost output, and reduce carbon emissions. Here are five... big ideas to make them work at scale.
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The Titanium Economy

How industrial technology can create a better, faster, stronger America
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Delivering the US manufacturing renaissance

– The stage is set for a manufacturing resurgence in the United States. Can the country’s producers make it happen?
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Taking the pulse of shifting supply chains

– Our latest survey shows global supply chains on the move.
Blog Post

Ops 4.0—The Human Factor: Powering the learning and development engine

– Is your organization equipped for continuous capability building?
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How mining companies reach the operational excellence gold standard

– Creating a culture of operational excellence is allowing the mining industry to reach new heights in sustained improvement in... productivity, efficiency, safety, and sustainability.
Blog Post

Ops 4.0—The Human Factor: The need for speed in building skills

– Rapid upskilling requires support in the moment, not just in the classroom
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Converge IT and OT to turbocharge business operations’ scaling power

– The IT/OT stack can be a major stumbling block in digital transformation. Or, with the right changes, it can be the key to unlocking... digital at scale.
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Transforming advanced manufacturing through Industry 4.0

– Manufacturers in industries such as automotive and electronics, nearing the tipping point of digital adoption, are achieving even... faster and more sustainable change through Industry 4.0.
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Mastering the dual mission: Carbon and cost savings

– OEMs will need to move quickly to achieve their “dual-saving” ambition of reducing both total product emissions and... costs. A limited supply of low-carbon materials adds pressure to act now.
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Future-proofing the supply chain

– With supply chains in the spotlight, three new long-term transformation priorities form a fresh focus for competitive advantage.
Article

Advanced tech elevates process modeling in batch-processing industries

– In high-volume batch-processing industries, reliable models of manufacturing processes can help companies cut production costs... while improving quality and performance.
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A better way to drive your business

– Integrated business planning is a well-known process, particularly among supply chain leaders. But in most companies, P&L... owners are missing out.
Article

Supply chains: To build resilience, manage proactively

– Supply chain upheavals show little sign of abating. Companies can address them by reconsidering outdated, short-term strategies... and beginning the hard work of building structural resilience.
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Outsprinting the energy crisis

– High energy costs are hitting Europe’s industrial players hard. Bold action could protect margins today and make companies... cleaner, stronger, and more profitable for the future.
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Capturing the true value of Industry 4.0

– With digital transformations notoriously difficult to scale up across factory networks, manufacturers may need to slow down to... get ahead in the race to implement Industry 4.0.
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Navigating the semiconductor chip shortage: A control-tower case study

– One industrial company’s innovative response to the global semiconductor chip shortage proves to be a game changer for the... manufacturing sector.
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Lighthouses reveal a playbook for responsible industry transformation

– The advanced factories of the Global Lighthouse Network show how sustainability and workforce engagement can accelerate and scale... Fourth Industrial Revolution transformation—responsibly.
Podcast

Smart operators: How leading companies use machine intelligence

– Despite the recent and significant advances in machine intelligence, the full scale of the opportunity is just beginning to unfold.... New research reveals why some companies are doing better than others.
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Transforming supply chains: Do you have the skills to accelerate your capabilities?

– Despite progress over the past several years, companies are still struggling to build the capabilities that their emerging digital... supply chains will need.
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The mainstreaming of additive manufacturing

– After 40 years of development, what will it take for additive manufacturing to become more than a niche technology?
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Autonomous supply chain planning for consumer goods companies

– To capitalize on analytics, consumer packaged goods organizations—especially in Asia—can build an integrated system... with the power to oversee and control the entire supply chain from end to end.
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Toward smart production: Machine intelligence in business operations

– A detailed study of machine intelligence in industrial and manufacturing operations reveals the surprisingly different paths companies... can take. But a group of leaders shares similar characteristics.
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To improve your supply chain, modernize your supply-chain IT

– Global distribution issues and increasingly complex supply chains are forcing companies to modernize the tools they use for forecasting... demand and planning how to meet it.
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Risk and resilience in consumer-goods supply chains

– Consumer-goods makers’ supply chains are weathering enormous strain. Here’s a quick look at how to strengthen them... for the future.
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Navigating the labor mismatch in US logistics and supply chains

– Structural shifts in the labor market have left companies struggling to recruit and retain workers. But a set of concrete actions... can help address this imbalance across value chains.
Podcast

Supply-chain resilience: Is there a holy grail?

– Supply-chain disruptions cost the average organization 45 percent of one year’s profits over the course of a decade. How... can businesses manage risk and plan for a more resilient future?
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How COVID-19 is reshaping supply chains

– Companies have only partly addressed the weaknesses in global supply chains exposed by the coronavirus pandemic. In the face of... new challenges, finishing the job is even more urgent.

 

The Future of Production

Fourth Industrial Revolution Technologies are shaping the future of production. The Global Lighthouse Network of organizations are demonstrating how to capture their full potential.

Careers

Interested in a career in Operations?

A career within our Operations Practice offers the opportunity to work with the biggest companies in the world, on projects that transform their core business and build resilience for the future. We are continuously seeking the best talent at all levels and for all types of roles, and are particularly keen to talk to experienced professionals looking for their next challenge.

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