Automotive

Our professionals understand the the need for first pass quality on schedule at final assembly and the costs associated with missed targets. For suppliers, we help minimize the cost of missed targets through the implementation of improved business processes for planning and scheduling, asset reliability, lead time reduction, quality and manufacturing productivity.

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The automotive industry is in fact a bit different from other manufacturing oriented businesses.  Certitude Group is well experienced and equipped to assist Automotive OEM and suppliers in most areas of the value chain.  This includes Product Development, Sourcing, Supply Chain (inbound and outbound), Contract Management, and Manufacturing Operations. 

Our professionals understand the the need for first pass quality on schedule at final assembly and the costs associated with missed targets.  For suppliers, we help minimize the cost of missed targets through the implementation of improved business processes for planning and scheduling, asset reliability, lead time reduction, quality and manufacturing productivity.
With original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers, we partner with clients to improve business performance through improvement of:

  • Throughput
  • Order-to-cash cycle time reduction
  • Order management process improvement
  • Inventory management
  • Lean manufacturing techniques
  • Supply chain optimization
  • Quality improvement
  • Operator and supervisor training

Project Examples

Automotive OEM Coatings Manufacturer:  Delivered complex operations improvement program resulting in $40 Million (20%) cost reduction.  PD&I, manufacturing, and supply chain improvements coupled with intense leadership development effort allowed company to remain competitive and improve service in the face of significant price erosion due to competition.

Automotive Refinish Systems:  Developed customer segmentation model that defined strategic customers and service level requirements resulting in $20 Million (15%) revenue growth.  Customer order fill rate was abysmal at 79%.  Implementation allowed company to predictably deliver complete shipments to customers.  Delivery consistency and increased customer satisfaction led to revenue growth in a static market with no additional investment.

Municipal Transit Company:  Operating and asset replacement costs were outstripping revenue from steady ridership.  Operational systems were delivered to improve reliability of fleet scheduling and maintenance delivery.  Supply Chain and Sourcing practices were improved to reduce parts costs and the useful lift of many vehicles was extended, reducing capital expenditures.