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Strategic Consulting

We advise our industrial clients on the development and implementation of production strategies, an activity headed by Dr. Clemens Schmitz-Justen.

Key to the success of overseas production networks is the seamless integration of development and manufacturing processes. These questions extend to the organization of projects and operations:

  • How to achieve the most efficient interaction of product development, manufacturing, planning and production?
  • How to assess the availability of technologies and technical standards? How do they affect the scope and depth of manufacture, the organization of the supply chain and the complexity of a new production facility?
  • How does product engineering correlate with manufacturing sites of different techical, skill and experience levels?
  • Should the strategic focus be on a transplant or a world plant concept?
  • What has to be considered with regard to culture, workforce education, labor laws and attrition when planning production sites overseas and products for new markets?
  • How can the processes of learning and improvement be established in a decentralized, international production system?

Clemens Schmitz-Justen has been involved with the analysis, decision making and implementation of projects of this kind for more than two decades. Schmitz-Justen: „My assignments as a senior executive with BMW in Europe and the United States as well as with the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT) have provided me with a wide range of hands-on experience in a variety of industries. My expertise in strategy formulation combined with implementation skills in manufacturing and supply chain management benefit my clients in their international and more specifically transatlantic ventures“.