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Automotive and Aerospace

Supply chain excellence

This client was a global automotive manufacturer covering EMEA, Americas and Asia Pacific. It had very different demand channels, OEM and retail and variable supply chain capabilities globally. We were required to benchmark the supply chain against best practice within the automotive industry and across industry sectors. Outputs included prioritised key improvement opportunities, with project definitions and quantitative business cases.


  • €3m cost savings identified in the short term
  • €3m+ working capital benefit in the short term
  • €5m+ additional cost savings in the long term
  • €8m+ additional working capital benefit in the long term
  • Target supply chain competencies identified across the business

European network design

This client supplied parts to the automotive industry throughout Europe. Increased manufacturing volumes were putting pressure on space utilisation at the main site in the UK. Volumes were forecast to exceed capacity within 2-3 years. The client decided to convert warehouse space to use for manufacturing. Crimson & Co was asked to reduce cost and increase service levels through improved logistics, while making additional space available for manufacturing.


  • Recommended EDC in Frankfurt/Stuttgart
  • Recommended UK and Eire served from UK DC
  • Cost saving of 18% (0.6% of sales)
  • Solution flexible to various future scenarios
  • Optimised inventory in line with new solution

De-centralisation of customer service stocks

This aerospace customer service organisation was decentralising stock holdings from a central warehouse back into the OEM manufacturing units. We led a team to define the processes and implement new systems and reporting tools to allow the decentralisation of £100m of customer service stock in six separate locations.

Cellular manufacturing implementation

We designed and implemented cellular manufacturing methods for this aerospace components manufacturer, with a supporting organisational structure and replacement of old functional techniques with up to date JIT manufacturing principles. We developed a skill and role definition methodology, and then assisted in the selection of cell leaders and trained them in core skills.

Manufacturing tool control process implementation

This US aerospace supplier had over 15,000 manufacturing tools, which were frequently being lost with a significant financial impact. A tool control process was required which would link in with the new ERP system. We redesigned the manufacturing processes that would be impacted by a new ERP system. In addition, we developed and implemented a new working procedure for control of 15,000 manufacturing tools, which included the implementation of barcode software to enable tracking within the ERP system.

E-Procurement & system implementation

This major global automotive and aerospace supplier was looking to create a common procurement solution across 144 sites in over 30 countries, using common UNSPSC commodity codes and supplier coding. The scope covered requisition to payment transactions for all indirect goods and services using an internet based catalogue solution. We played a leading role on a joint consultant/client team establishing the most suitable solution for the global implementation of Oracle Internet Procurement and Data Warehousing. The team worked through the diagnostic, systems selection, conference room pilot and implementation.