Consortial benchmark (2016)
"Design of excellent global production networks"
This page provides a summary of the results of the consortial benchmark “Design of excellent global production networks" of the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University in a practical manual. For this purpose, the results of the benchmarking study were elaborated by the experiences of the successful practice company visits. Within the project a total of more than 50 specialists and executives have been consulted.
The central maxims and benchmarks for the successful design of global production networks are summarized below:
|Companies with excellent production networks ...|
|...produce close to where their customers are.||Network design starts with the comprehension of the market situation.|
|...make use of economies of scale and focus skills in selected locations.||Development of centers of competence and strict cost-based component facilities.|
|...pursue a clear value stream orientation starting by the factory planning as well as in the network.||Value stream design is the first milestone in the factory planning process.|
|...establish a stringent decision-making process in the organizational and operational structure.||Central area, sales and capacity planning across location and departments.|
|…design their network fast and agile according to their core competencies.||Factory construction in 24 months / product transfer in 12 months.|
|...purposefully use standards in order to manage the network centrally.||Clear reporting and control processes from the machine level to the investment planning process.|
|...understand the network design as a top management task.||At least as an executive department directly under the top management.|
|...support a culture of “togetherness” and communicate tough decisions directly and transparently.||Transparent communication of goals and vision of the network.|
If you are interested in the complete study or the personal exchange on designing global production networks please do not hesitate to contact us!
Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. Jan-Philipp Prote, M.Sc
Chief Engineer Production Management
Laboratory for Machine Tools and
WZL of RWTH Aachen University
Phone: +49 (0)241 80 28210