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19 successful cost reduction projects within the last seven months

(English translation in progress)

ConMoto sichert die Wettbewerbsfähigkeit von Auftraggebern in verschiedenen Branchen

Gerade wenn die Wirtschaftslage schwierig ist, sind Potenzialanalysen eine bewährte Methode und die Basis, um Kosten zu senken und die Produktivität zu erhöhen. Die ganzheitliche ConMoto-Potenzialanalyse basiert auf Standardmodulen, die individuell an den Kundenbedarf angepasst werden. Jede Analyse umfasst die Hauptelemente Finanzen und Performance sowie die Unternehmensfunktionen Produktion, Logistik/Supply Chain und Auftragssteuerung. Weitere Schlüssel- und Querschnittsthemen wie z. B. Produktentwicklung, Einkauf, Digitalisierung der Fertigung oder Infrastruktur kommen je nach Aufgabenstellung hinzu.

durchschnittliche Ergebnisse aus 19 ConMoto-Potenzialanalysen im Überblick
Durchschnittliche Ergebnisse aus 19 ConMoto-Potenzialanalysen

In den vergangenen sieben Monaten hat ConMoto 19 solcher Analyseprojekte in den unterschiedlichsten Branchen durchgeführt. Allein zwölf im Bereich Automotive sowie sechs weitere, z. B. in der Medizintechnik oder im Anlagenbau. Die Potenzialanalyse ist für Betriebe unterschiedlicher Größe sinnvoll. Bei den jüngst betrachteten Werken lag die Mitarbeiterzahl zwischen 176 und 2.466 und der Jahresumsatz zwischen 28 und 593 Millionen Euro. Die ermittelten Einsparpotenziale beliefen sich auf durchschnittlich 17,1 Prozent der Herstellkosten – allein diese Zahl zeigt, was durch eine strukturierte Vorgehensweise möglich ist.

Produktivität rauf, Kosten runter

Einsparungen auf der Kostenseite stehen Steigerungen bei der Produktivität gegenüber. Die Analysen legten in der Fertigung Produktivitätspotenziale von durchschnittlich 34,6 Prozent und in der Logistik von durchschnittlich 39,5 Prozent offen. In den indirekten Bereichen lag der Durchschnitt möglicher Kostensenkungen bei 24,8 Prozent. Bei den Performance-Werten wurden mögliche O.E.E-Steigerungen von im Durchschnitt 25,6 Prozent identifiziert, außerdem ließen sich die Durchlaufzeiten im Schnitt um 38,3 Prozent senken.

Die Dauer der eigentlichen Potenzialanalyse liegt zwischen ein und zwei Wochen, je nach Unternehmensgröße und Umfang der spezifischen Aufgaben. Sie schließt mit der Maßnahmendefinition (erste Sollkonzepte, taktischer Implementierungsplan) und einem Blue-Sky-Workshop ab. Aktuell begleiten wir unsere Kunden in Umsetzungsprojekten bei der Realisierung dieser Potenziale. Dabei setzen die ConMoto-Berater auf eine transparente Härtegradsystematik zur Überprüfung der Kostenwirkung und Werkzeuge zur strikten Fortschrittskontrolle.

Rüdiger Feigl new member of ConMoto’s Management Team

ConMoto_ Ruediger Feigl
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Rüdiger Feigl

Rüdiger Feigl recently joined the management team at ConMoto. The mechanical engineer has more than 20 years of consulting experience as a partner in both renowned large consulting companies and boutique firms. Prior to working as a consultant, he gained eight years of industry experience in various functions within the automotive supply industry worldwide.

Before joining ConMoto, Rüdiger Feigl worked as a partner in leading lean management consulting firms where he was responsible for the operational excellence competence center. His consulting focus is the development of functional strategies as well as their design. Mr. Feigl is specialized specifically on the implementation of efficiency and effectiveness programs in development, production and supply chain management at manufacturing companies, mostly from the automotive industry. He is an expert in lean transformation, agile management, restructuring and supplier risk management.

At ConMoto, Rüdiger Feigl is responsible for the consulting fields of production system, investment planning and restructuring.

ConMoto’s virtual anniversary

ConMoto's virtual anniversary
ConMoto’s signature gray overalls at your aid! (article in FOCUS magazine, 43/1993)

On April 1st, 1990 Dr.-Ing. Ralf Feierabend founded ConMoto. Even though celebrating together is not easy in times of social distancing, we at ConMoto did exactly this: within the scope of a team meeting with 90 participants in twelve countries including from Asia as well as the Americas, we held our virtual anniversary party.

We shared memories from 30 years of company history: pictures, stories and talks. All ConMotos embraced the welcome pastime during a time that has all of us working in separated locations. Still, we do work as a team and continue to provide our services to our clients with all reasonable care.

Difficult times demand adequate solutions. And just as we were successful throughout three decades, we are going to master the crisis as well: together. First and foremost, we wish you good health – and positive moments for your company, too.

Volker Staack new member of ConMoto’s Executive Board

Dipl.-Kfm. Volker Staack
Dipl.-Kfm. Volker Staack

Dipl.-Kfm. Volker Staack just joined ConMoto’s Executive Board. He possesses more than 17 years of professional experience, both as a partner at renowned top consultancies and smaller companies. For eight years, Mr. Staack had lived and worked in the U.S., for six years in European countries besides Germany. Overall, Mr. Staack is a highly skilled industry professional of more than 12 years experience, especially in the electrical industry.

Prior to joining ConMoto, Volker Staack was a Partner at a globally leading consultancy in the U.S. and a specialized “boutique” consultancy in Germany. He oversaw the Global Innovation Practice and globally implemented consulting projects within the industry sectors machinery and plant construction, automotive and aerospace – often by order of private equity investors. His consulting portfolio includes purchasing and procurement, development and innovation as well as product cost management and product range management. He is an expert for organization development and change, agile management, restructuring and supplier risk management.

At ConMoto, Volker Staack in responsible for the consulting areas procurement, development and product cost management.


Nils Blechschmidt talks maintenance 4.0 at the Global ManuChem Strategies

Nils Blechschmidt talks maintenance 4.0 at the Global ManuChem Strategies+++ UPDATE: Unfortunately, the conference has been postponed due to the current corona virus outbreak – we will keep you informed as soon as a new date has been announced. +++

Manufacturing experts and top management representatives of the chemistry, pharmaceutical and process industries will attend the conference Global ManuChem Strategies in Berlin from March 15th to 17th, 2020. The event focusses on all aspects of the optimization of production processes. A main emphasis is the digitization of production.

The key note of Nils Blechschmidt, senior partner and member of the management board of ConMoto, addresses the challenges of industry 4.0 as well. He is speaking about maintenance 4.0 and asset innovation

on Monday, March 16th, 2020 at 3:30 PM.

Inter alia, Blechschmidt is going to discuss aspects of smart maintenance as well as data generation and analysis. Additionally, he will introduce a new ConMoto project study covering maintenance, asset innovation and life cycle costing.

Annual Handelsblatt conference: Potenzials for the steel industry

Nils Blechschmidt auf der „Zukunft Stahl“
Nils Blechschmidt at the “Zukunft Stahl”

Nils Blechschmidt, Senior Partner and Member of the management team, presented his keynote “Value-oriented maintenance and Maintenance 4.0” at the annual Handelsblatt conference “Zukunft Stahl”. In Düsseldorf, he spoke about the strategic importance of maintenance for the steel industry in front of an audience of 170 managers.

Blechschmidt reflected especially on how automation and digitization change maintenance processes. He explained how the future-oriented implementation of Maintenance 4.0 concepts enables steel-producing companies to increase their productivity. The world’s leading maintenance expert estimated the possible decrease of the total cost of ownership during the whole lifecycle of a plant at -20 to -30 percent, whereas the return on net asset (RONA) may be increased by 20 to 32 percent. The RONA is a clear indicator of the efficiency and profitability of a company’s plants.

Dr. Marc Heinisch, Senior Partner and Chief Sales Officer at ConMoto, summarizes the results of their talks with many steel industry decision makers: “Besides scalable technologies, the change to decarbonization and green steel requires a lot of change management and implementation strength for the innovative, efficient production of high-tech steels.”

ConMoto Academy & Training holds LEAN trainings for LÄPPLE Group

ConMoto Academy & Training holds LEAN trainings for LÄPPLE Group
A LEAN workshop Lego brick

“We love technology” describes what LÄPPLE Group stands for – including its companies LÄPPLE AUTOMOTIVE, FIBRO and FIBRO LÄPPLE TECHNOLOGY (FLT) as well as LÄPPLE AUS- UND WEITERBILDUNG, its training branch. LÄPPLE’s 2,700 employees produce chassis modules, standard components and rotary tables. They also devise automation solutions. Looking back at 100 years of corporate history already, the family company positions itself worldwide successfully with its products and solutions.

In order to reach its growth and revenue goals in the future as well and remain true to its high quality standards, the group is striving to integrate the methods and tools of LEAN management into its company culture. Therefore, the management introduced the project “LEAN LÄPPLE” throughout the group and its companies. ConMoto Academy & Training has developed the trainings and provides them for both executives and employees.

After the trainings, ConMoto is going to perform a comprehensive rollout and educate the LEAN management team as well. In particular, one company product is an integral part of the trainings. “LEAN LÄPPLE” introduces a process of continuous improvement, therefore establishing a lean and learning organization in all divisions. LEAN culture is making use of the skills and capabilities of all employees to implement a waste-free value creation chain – including customers and suppliers as well. Together, we are set out to make “LEAN LÄPPLE” the basic principle of the production and management systems as well as an integral part of an applied company culture.


ConMoto named “Top employer in the mid-sized sector 2020” by FOCUS-BUSINESS magazine

ConMoto gehört zu den Top-Arbeitgebern der Zeitschrift vFocus Business

The FOCUS-BUSINESS editors have appointed ConMoto “Top employer in the mid-sized sector 2020”. In cooperation with the employer rating platform kununu FOCUS-MONEY magazine has analyzed four million ratings and comments of employees at online portals and company profiles. Evaluation criteria were, for instance, a kununu score of at least 3.5 points and a recommendation rate of at least 70 percent. The complete list was published in the current issue of FOCUS-BUSINESS (in German only).

In December 2019, ConMoto’s kununu-score is 4.0 of five achievable points. Our recommendation rate is 88 percent. We are very happy about the award and will continue to strive for further improvement.

ConMoto press review: Maintenance 4.0 in the chemical industry

ConMoto press review: Maintenance 4.0 in the chemical industry
cav issue 12-2019

“cav” magazine, specialized in process technology for the chemical industry, has just published a ConMoto article about the hot topic of Maintenance 4.0.

Our writers focus especially on the sustainable perspectives of an increasingly efficient maintenance. They describe how digitization accelerates the optimization of availability, reliability and flexibility of production plants. Additionally, they point out possibilities of making maintenance a strategic success factor of a company: up to 60 % of the production costs in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries depend directly or indirectly on the efficacy of maintenance.

The article titled “Maintenance 4.0 – So können Pharmaunternehmen ihre Anlagen effektiver nutzen” (in German only) was published in issue 12-2019. It is available for download here.