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The industrial manufacturing sector has faced a difficult decade: a severe global recession put halt to demand, increasingly clients are sourcing from lower-cost countries, and rising unemployment rates.
Still, industrial manufacturing remains critically important to the African continent. It contributes 15% to GDP for South Africa (decreasing at a rate of 2% per year) and between 10-14% for sub-Saharan Africa (increasing at an estimated 3% per year).
But industrial manufacturing’s role has changed, bringing both opportunity and challenge. Industrial manufacturing is also not monolithic. It is a diverse sector with distinct groups of industries (fuel, chemical, cement, steel, paper, automotive and engineering) each with specific drivers of success.
Resolve help companies manage these challenges and exploit the opportunities by working with them on a number of competitive issues:
Global, collaborative orientation
Successful, sustainable manufacturers will be global, even if they never manufacture products outside their home territory. They will open their business processes to benefit from collaboration with partners around the world and they will pursue their markets and their customers in every corner of the world.
- Define market potential
- Define industry structure
- Define competitive landscape
- Define regulation and logistics
- Develop market entry options
- Develop brand portfolio and positioning
- Execute supply chain design and implementation
- Execute sourcing and inbound logistics
- Execute in-country logistic
- Execute information technology design and implementation
- Manage international procurement
- Manage in-country warehousing and distribution
- Manage information technology
Leaders in supply chain effectiveness
Effective global supply chains will become increasingly important, while the importance of being labour cost competitive will diminish. As a result, the definition of productivity for the leaders will be inclusive of all aspects of their manufacturing enterprise and interaction with their business environment.
Our Supply Chain Management team helps clients:
- Develop supply chain strategy
- Model business profitability (cost-to-serve and customer profitability)
- Define and develop sales and operations planning and integrated business planning
- Define and develop process and operational improvements
- Define and develop rough cut capacity planning
- Define and develop key performance indicators and performance visibility
- Define supply chain network configuration and fleet mix
- Design and develop storage facilities
Leverage reliable assets and differentiated technologies
Leading asset-intensive enterprises win by maximising the value of their capital investments over the entire life of its assets, and being super-efficient in operations and maintenance expenditures. They also understand the value of standardisation within their systems of record, and that the real business value lies in their systems of differentiation and innovation.
- Develop asset management strategy
- Assess asset management health
- Define and implement asset management processes and policies
- Align asset management processes and enterprise resource planning systems
- Define asset management system requirements and blueprints
- Develop and manage asset management control tower
- Design and implement new enterprise-wide technologies and systems
- Align enterprise architecture (processes) and systems architecture
- Manage and improve applications and support services
- Design and implement system enhancements and upgrades
Winning the talent war
The ultimate frontline for manufacturing organisations will be the battle for talent. The winners will be successful in identifying and employing the best talent, channelling energy into engaging all employees, thereby creating an environment in which people want to come to work and contribute to the organisation’s overall success.
Our People Enablement team helps clients:
- Design organisations and teams in support of business objectives
- Establish, grow and sustain the culture, leadership and performance measurements to business objectives
- Align remuneration, incentives and performance measurement to business objectives
- Align values and culture to business strategy.
- Improve team interactions to promote optimal performance
- Develop competency of people and teams aligned to specific business objectives
- Develop leadership for improved decision making, synergy, strategy execution and talent management
- Create resilient and engaged organisations adept in managing change