Nearly every company in the automotive sector — car manufacturing, automotive parts manufacturing, commercial vehicle parts manufacturing, and tire manufacturing — faces complex quality and performance demands:
Whether you’re poised for the next stage of the performance race, or seeking crisis management to bring quality and operations up to contract standards, we have proven experience, methods, and solutions to meet your goals.
Toward Zero helps you build on what you and the automotive industry has already achieved – some of the highest quality levels in the industry, record vehicle volumes, and a vision to meet ever-increasing quality and performance demands. With us, you can win despite the complex pressures in automotive manufacturing today:
Car and light truck manufacturing, automotive parts manufacturing, commercial vehicle parts manufacturing, and tire manufacturing have vastly different pressures, resources, and capabilities.
Most Tier 1s worry about the supply chain and their ability to get the right parts and raw materials needed at the right time, in the correct quantities, and at the right price to meet their own CSRs. Adding to the pressure, OEMs have reduced the number of Tier 1 vendors to favor larger, more tech-ready companies with global manufacturing capabilities. That means the typical Tier 1 enjoys a more balanced book of business than other automotive suppliers, but at a steep price. Customer service requirement variations among the many OEMs drive up complexity and cost. While quality is critical to every OEM’s business, unique customer service requirements also contribute to competitive advantage. For Tier 1 suppliers, the complexity associated with OEM CSRs can be quite difficult.
Job shops that supply Tier 1s and Tier 2s might be cash-constrained and lack the resources to implement quality, MES, production scheduling, and other critical solutions they need to meet customer and regulatory requirements. They may also lack the continuous improvement focus needed to keep pace and compete effectively. These automotive manufacturing companies are likely overwhelmed by the complexity of multi-level CSRs and struggle to keep pace with volume and quality demands.
Despite their size and ability to implement modern solutions, even OEMs worry about the implications of not meeting today’s top challenges head on, particularly where less-than-exceptional problem-solving impacts customer expectations and relationships. Focus on the shifting regulatory environment may mean they have to reconfigure the supply chain. A possible shift in the economic climate, shifting brand loyalty, variable supply of used vehicles, and rapidly changing consumer preferences all mean that car makers must do everything possible to protect the brand, respond to demand changes, and ensure profitability.
Can an OEE system help you overcome operational challenges?
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