Ivo Schmincke and Sebastian Eisold new senior partners

Dr.-Ing. Ralf Feierabend, ConMoto’s founder and managing partner, states: „We are very pleased to welcome our new senior partners Ivo Schmincke and Sebastian Eisold as an excellent addition to ConMoto’s top management team. For years, they have been successfully engaged in different projects around the world. They will fuel the upswing of our aspired annual growth rate of 20 percent.”

Ivo Schmincke and Sebastian Eisold new senior partners
Dipl.-EU-Betriebswirt Ivo Schmincke

Ivo Schmincke has more than 20 years of professional experience as a consultant in German and international companies. He focusses on manufacturers and suppliers within the automotive industry as well as the utility and special purpose vehicle industry. In the past, Mr. Schmincke has successfully advised both medium-sized companies and corporations regarding their challenges in operations management. His portfolio includes operational excellence programs and the optimization of procurement, organizational and global value creation chains.

Mr. Schmincke is an expert in the fields of procurement and cost management and implements programs that improve company performance and shareholder value. In his new capacity, he is responsible for providing consulting services in the procurement sector.

Ivo Schmincke and Sebastian Eisold new senior partners
Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. (FH) Sebastian Eisold

Sebastian Eisold has more than 15 years of professional consultancy experience especially in the automotive industry and its suppliers as well as in the mechanical engineering, aerospace and shipbuilding fields. He is specialized in operational excellence and lean management, agile order processing procedures, innovation management and lean product development processes, the design and implementation of manufacturing systems as well as ramp-up and task force management.

Mr. Eisold helps our clients optimize their increasingly complex organizational interfaces, often with the aid of innovative methods of agile systems and organizations. At ConMoto, he is responsible for the fields of production, logistics and comprehensive efficiency initiatives.

Learning Journey to Japan in September 2019

Learning Journey to Japan in September 2019
Picture: Roman Ditzer, 2019

ConMoto are partnering the benchmark learning journey „Lean Production and Leadership – Operational Excellence of Companies in Japan“ in calendar week 40.

We are pleased to have Dr. Roman Ditzer as our partner. He is a renowned expert with years of experience regarding Japan and close contacts to lean companies in the originating country of Kaizen and Lean Management.

The open Japan seminar offered by Roman Ditzer’s RD interlogue is aimed at leads and improvement experts. Prior to the journey, a one-day preparation seminar is being offered in order to provide the participants with the necessary background knowledge to get attuned to the seminar week.

Besides a profound introduction to the philosophy and management tools of Lean Production, the seminar also offers an exclusive insight into the business practice of companies on site in Japan. The seminar focusses on two topics: Implementing Lean Production concepts including the methodological approaches and the corresponding leadership tasks – the distinctive success factor of every Lean Reform and the continuous improvement activities.

The learning journeys are not limited to company visits. The seminar concept ensures a qualified analysis of the on-site experience by offering intensive individual and group work. This enables each participant to transfer lessons learned to the personal sphere of influence and his/her individual responsibility. The objective is to convey valuable stimuli for individual Lean/leadership work and to accelerate the improvement process within the company. Ultimately, what counts is only the subsequent implementation within the own company.

Detailed information about the scope of services as well as feedback from participants of previous seminars (in German and Japanese only) can be found at www.rdinterlogue.com/de/japan-seminar

ConMoto introduces innovative mobility kit for employees: Car + e-bike + rail card

Individual mobility for ConMoto employees
Individual mobility for ConMoto employees

Mobility evolves. Company cars are only one of many options to be on the move. Thus, ConMoto has introduced a new mobility initiative that was met with great approval: employees who choose a more economical company car with reduced fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions are entitled to additionally receive an e-bike and a BahnCard, the German rail card.

“We provide each employee with the possibility to choose from a variety of options their personal mobility kit offers. Of course, a company car is an attractive incentive. Still, we did not want to leave it at that – so we came up with more options that enable the employees to model their mobility kit on their individual requirements”, says ConMoto’s founder and managing partner Dr.-Ing. Ralf Feierabend.

To kick off the initiative properly, ConMoto raffled an e-bike among its employees. The lucky winner will be pedaling shortly!

An efficient manufacturing system for the Apollo factory in India

Das Werk von Apollo Tyres im indischen Chennai
Das Werk von Apollo Tyres im indischen Chennai

„ConMoto was my extended workbench with our team at the Chennai site – we worked together extremely well,” says Markus Korsten, Chief Manufacturing Officer at Apollo Tyres, with approval. That is how Korsten summarizes a 12-month project four ConMoto consultants co-led at the Indian premises of the tyre manufacturer.

The comprehensive project refined the Apollo manufacturing system in a factory with more than 2,000 employees and an annual turnover of more than 400 million Euros. The most significant results were an output increase of 55 percent and an increase in overall efficiency by 30 percent. These improvements derived from the implementation of a top-notch lean production layout based on perfection, flow, tact, and pull criteria as well as the sustainable introduction of 5S and 7V principles.

The Apollo executives were especially positive about the ConMoto consultants’ focus on hands-on solutions and their pragmatism. Markus Korsten finds: “ConMoto is implementation-oriented and team-driven. They cooperate closely with the shop floor team.”

Important milestones of the project were:

  • Plant assessment and benchmark tour,
  • Assessment of maintenance efficiency based on the ConMoto MaintenanceScoreTests© and implementation of a risk- and availability-oriented maintenance strategy,
  • Blue sky workshop and preparation of a masterplan for the transformation into a state-of-the-art LEAN facility,
  • Implementation of project and risk management,
  • Detailed layout planning,
  • Introduction of standardized work,
  • Implementation of shop floor management including focus board, KPI tracking and structured troubleshooting across all levels of management,
  • Training and coaching for a lean culture transformation across all levels of management,
  • Introduction of challenge days and stress tests for stabilization during the start-up period,
  • Optimization of inbound, factory logistics and outbound processes by means of the ConMoto LogisticScoreTest©.

Additionally, ConMoto supported the management team in change management. A Chennai plant manager summarizes their experiences as follows: „After the completion of our project, I feel like I have changed from an old to a new company. I am in the 20th year of my career now and I’m looking forward to working at this new, exciting company Apollo Tyres for another 20 years.“ The successful transformation speaks for itself: Now, Chennai is a benchmark factory of the tyre manufacturer.


ConMoto named „Top Employer 2019 in the mid-sized company sector”

ConMoto Top Arbeitgeber 2019 bei yourfirm
ConMoto’s “Top Employer 2019 in the mid-sized company sector“ award

For the second time in a row, ConMoto received the „Top Employer 2019 in the mid-sized company sector“ award from yourfirm.de. The award aims at bringing the advantages of medium-sized employees to the attention of applicants and providing them with orientation in their search for interesting employers.

The special feature of this award: the results are not based on surveys that tend to have low return rates and therefore, limited reliability due to the underlying data pool. Instead, the access and reading behavior of the youfirm.de users regarding more than 60,000 recruitment ads within one year was analyzed.

The evaluation criteria are:

  • The average number of users a company reaches with each recruitment ad and its company profile,
  • The percentage of users who properly read the content, thus remaining on the page for a respective period of time, and
  • The percentage of users who perform an application-related task by clicking „Apply now“ or the link to the company website.

Based on these three categories a reputation index for each employer is being generated. ConMoto is proud to be one of the highest-rated companies.

An all-electric race in Berlin-Tempelhof

An all-electric race in Berlin-TempelhofThe previous weekend saw the Formula E racing world visiting Berlin. To be more precise, itsformer Berlin-Tempelhof airport, an impressive backdrop with a generous main building and light tarmac. Where aircraft engines used to roar, this weekend only the whir and purr of the electrically operated racing cars could be heard. Ideal conditions for the tenth, and therefore third-to-last race of the season, where “our”HWA Racelab drivers started at positions 2 and 4.

As before in this season and especially in the Formula E, the visitors were able to enjoy a fantastic and thrilling race. In the end, Audi with their driver Lucas di Grassi came in first before the local audience. Di Grassi is a hot contender for winning the season since he now ranks second in the overall competition. The year before, the Brazilian was able to score the most points, too. In the current season his direct contender is Jean-Eric Vergne, driving the DS Techeetah and currently holding first place.

The drivers of our sponsoring partner HWA Racelab were able to reach rank 5 (Stoffel Vandoorne) and rank 16 (Gary Paffett). Vandoorne managed to score points for the overall competition for the fourth time. Congratulations!

You can watch the race here:

The next Formula E venue is Switzerland. On June 22nd in Berne we will hopefully be able to experience another exciting racing weekend. Of course, we will keep our fingers crossed for our team!

Finja Bormann wins her first large tournament

Finja Bormann wins her first large tournament
Finja Bormann on „A crazy son of Lavina“, clearing the ConMoto hurdle during the Nörten-Hardenberg tournament: flawless on the course and unbeatable during the jump-off. She defeated Tobias Meyer (37.82) and Werner Muff (40.18) within 36.55 seconds.

At the Burgturnier in Nörten-Hardenberg, Finja Bormann won the first championship of her career, riding „A crazy son of Lavina“. Starting as the last of five into the jump-off, she flawlessly mastered the course within the fastest time of 36.55 seconds and therefore came in the crucial tenths before Tobias Meyer on „Gain Line“ (0/37.82). Swiss Werner Muff (0/40.18) scored third position riding „Jolie“.

The day before, Finja Bormann and her gelding had already proven to be in perfect shape for the championship. They remained without any knockdowns during the first round and qualified for the jump-off as one of eight teams. Later on, „A crazy son of Lavina“ fell short a mere 15 hundredths of a second behind the winner Markus Beerbaum on „Calle“ and flawlessly finished in second place.

HWA Racelab scores again at the Paris E-Prix

HWA Racelab scores again at the Paris E-Prix
Gary Paffett (GBR), HWA Racelab

After some difficulties during qualifying, HWA driver Gary Paffett managed to catch up successfully at the Formula E race in Paris: in the pouring rain, he broke away from his competitors and made it from rank 17 to rank 8, scoring another four points for HWA and himself. Congratulations on this impressive show of force! Paffett’s teammate Stoffel Vandoorne got in a collision and had to capitulate.

Dutchman Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin) won the Paris E-Prix. He also leads the overall ranking, followed by the two German drivers André Lotterer (DS Cheetah) and Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler). Frijns currently has a slight one-point advantage in the Formula E championship to André Lotterer.

First podium finish for HWA Racelab

First podium finish for HWA Racelab
Stoffel Vandoorne/HWA Racelab celebrates rank three in Rome. Congratulations from ConMoto!

Stoffel Vandoorne attained the first podium position for his team HWA Racelab by coming in third at the Formula E Prix in Rome. Congratulations from ConMoto to the driver and the whole team!

Performing exceptionally well during qualifying and the following Super Pole, the Belgian paved the way for his best racing result of the season so far. In Hong Kong, he had already demonstrated his skills with a fast course and thus, pole position. In Rome, he qualified for the Super Pole session comprising the six best drivers with the fourth-fastest lap time.

Vandoorne made a successful race start, passed GEOX Dragon pilot Jose Maria Lopez and advanced to third position. Round one saw a collision of several vehicles in one of the tight chicanes. Gary Paffett, the second driver of HWA Racelab, was also involved in the accident. The race was suspended and Paffet could unfortunately not continue due to his damaged bolide.

After a 45 minute break the race resumed behind the safety car. Vandoorne continued to drive constantly fast lap times with his VFE-05 bolide. He remained in the top three and even competed for rank two. Vandoorne also kept his professional calm during the final laps and secured the great success for HWA Racelab, obtaining 15 points. Rome’s winner was New Zealander Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar) followed by the German driver André Lotterer (DS Techeetah).

Medium-sized German companies are still forgoing digitization opportunities

Title of the KfW study (in German only)
KfW Digitization Report 2018 (in German only)

According to the 2018 digitization report of the German development bank KfW, the digitization of smaller and medium-sized companies in Germany is progressing gradually. Between 2015 and 2017, 30 % of the 3.76 million medium-sized companies have completed digitization projects successfully. In comparison to the years 2014 to 2016, the percentage has risen by four points. Encouragingly, the study also notes an increase of the digitization rate throughout companies of all sizes and almost all fields of the German economy.

Digitization investments remained at a comparably low level: medium-sized companies spent short of EUR 15 bil. on digitization projects in 2017 – EUR 1 bil. more than during the preceding year. The most important topic for companies is the digitization of customer relations and supplier management at 56 %. Additionally, the “digitizers” are concentrating on the modernization of IT structures (53 %). The expansion of specific know-how (38 %) and the re-organization of workflows (25 %) are also relevant issues. The authors of the study are regarding one third of the smaller and medium-sized companies as “notorious stragglers” that were rarely using even basic digital applications. Simultaneously, only short of one fifth of the medium-sized companies may be considered digitization pioneers.

ConMoto projects are introducing innovative paths to digitization as a lever for productivity gains in both medium- and larger-sized companies. Maintenance 4.0 improves the results of maintenance and asset management. Additionally, our lean transformation projects in production and logistics are utilizing economically sustainable new technologies.

Contact us now – there is no more time to lose for your company!