The internationalization of production-based industries is particularly noticeable in the machinery manufacturing sector. Products and techniques developed in Germany and Europe are in great demand on the international market.
Both the fast pace of innovation and ecological change are factors that impact manufacturers’ supply chains. Strong fluctuations in sales volume are the norm in this sector – and many manufacturers have large supply chains that often span the globe. Value creation is increasingly taking place on a localized basis.
The dynamics of the machinery manufacturing market require a large degree of flexibility in capacity as well as detailed insight into cost structures. Transparent and robust supply chains from supplier to customer are an absolute must-have for machinery manufacturers to ensure their competitiveness.
4flow optimizes supply chains with best practices
4flow helps customers create transparency and optimize weak points along their entire supply chain; the focus is on end-to-end supply chain management, implementing measures to make supply chains more flexible, and integrating planning and control processes.
The optimization experts from 4flow make efficient network design and sustainable transportation optimization for inbound and outbound processes a reality.
Complex manufacturing and supply chain processes become standardized with best-practice lean methods to ensure that intercontinental value chains are stable and cost-efficient.
4flow provides support for manufacturing companies during the optimization process – from strategy to realization – and has the know-how to manage global networks long-term.
We help our customers in machinery manufacturing save costs and improve performance, which results in supply chain processes optimized for the long term, lower inventories, and shorter throughput times.
“Introducing the global Lean Operating Model and a universal Lean organizational structure is a big step for us to ensure we are well-equipped to overcome future supply chain challenges. 4flow has been an integral partner for us during our Lean transformation and has made key contributions to building a future-focused supply chain.”
Claudia Martins, Head of Group Supply Chain, BOBST
“Designing lean management processes requires a lot of expertise and 4flow has worked with us very closely to tackle this.“
Richard Li, Plant Manager Production & Logistics, BOBST (Shanghai)