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Automotive

The manufacturing industry is confronted with two significant challenges. Increasing globalization means that physical distances are becoming less important on the global world market.

The automotive industry from our perspective

Automotive

Trends such as autonomous driving, electromobility or connectivity represent disruptive challenges that are continuously transforming the industry. We work with you as automotive manufacturers and suppliers to develop innovative strategic responses to these challenges. These help you to maintain your position in the market and to further expand it through profitable growth. At the same time, we address your organizational structure, your digital technologies, unlock efficiency potential and increase your operational excellence.

Rebuilding after business slumps

In recent years, the automotive industry has been repeatedly hit by crises despite phases of upswing. As a result of the financial crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, the volume of business fell to a structurally low level. Even well-positioned companies have had to contend with declining sales and earnings. Simultaneously securing liquidity, adjusting costs and investing in the future represent an effort for companies that is not manageable for everyone.

Managing new technological challenges

Connected cars, autonomous driving, shared mobility and electromobility (CASE technologies) represent disruptive challenges for established business models of the automotive manufacturers and suppliers. This requires massive investments in new technologies and fields of expertise, while at the same time creating a high degree of uncertainty. This is crucial in order to remain competitively positioned for the future and thus enable profitable growth.

Establishing software competence

The increasing digital networking of automobiles enables the constant exchange of information with passengers and the outside world. This increases value creation in connection with software and digital services. Automotive manufacturers and suppliers are increasingly becoming software and service providers as well. This requires innovations and the development of new competencies for the development of software solutions and digital services.

Establishing new organizational forms 

The challenges and changes outlined require manufacturers and suppliers to realign their organizational set-up. Therefore, a consistent focus on changing customer needs and the ability to act in an agile manner is crucial. In order to meet these requirements, far-reaching organizational transformations are necessary. These relate not only to individual companies, but also to new collaboration with partners in and outside the industry.

Service offering

Our approach

ADVYCE supports and accompanies the automotive industry and its suppliers in particular with the following consulting services:

Reaching operational excellence

Together with clients, we ensure operational excellence and thus continuously tap efficiency potential. This includes all direct and indirect functions along the value chain. We support you in increasing efficiency in development, purchasing, production and sales, in realigning the site footprint and in comprehensive cost reduction programs.

Managing innovation and technology successfully

Innovations decide the future of companies. We support you in driving innovations and developing new business models for the mobility of the future. The existential challenges facing automotive manufacturers and suppliers give rise to both high risks and attractive opportunities. From strategic analysis to idea generation and prioritization to the optimization of innovation processes, we are at your side.

Re-aligning and implementing strategic initiatives

The realizable added value of change measures only becomes apparent during implementation. We support you in setting up suitable implementation structures, as well as in project management or as a temporary manager. Together we activate the necessary cultural change. Depending on the situation, we rely on both classic and agile working methods and approaches.

Shaping an organization

In an environment characterized by disruptive change, volatility and uncertainty, a clear, flexible as well as adaptable organization is crucial for any company. We support you in realigning your structures and processes, as well as your systems. In addition, we also support you in change management measures. In this way, we create the decisive prerequisites for effectively exploiting market opportunities.

Consultants

Stefan Hecht

Partner

Stefan Hecht has more than 25 years of management experience in the industry as well as in consulting enterprises in the manufacturing industry. The manufacturing industry, especially the automotive industry and technology-intensive companies form his industry emphasis. His consulting focuses on strategic orientation and corporate transformation, technology- and innovation management as well as organizational-/process design

Frank Hegenbart

Partner

Frank has over 20 years of experience in the areas of purchasing, production, supply chain and strategic product cost and innovation management. He supports growth topics as well as restructuring issues and programs to increase the operational performance of industrial companies. He also works on strategic growth areas in the fields of renewable energies, mobility

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