Case Study

Successful Restructuring of the Supply Chain for a Manufacturer of Wind Energy Plants

An Interim Executive enhances the delivery performance of an international wind turbine manufacturer through sustainable and efficient restructuring of the supply chain, resulting in reduced production costs and contractual penalties

By Dr. Thorsten Dörr

The Client

An international wind turbine manufacturer faced ongoing challenges with timely supply of crucial components for its production, causing frequent disruptions. Despite extensive internal efforts to address the issue, production delays and cost escalations occurred due to last-minute rescheduling and procurement. The lack of delivery reliability resulted in dissatisfied customers and contractual penalties, significantly impacting the company during economic difficulties.

The Challenge 

The management immediately recognized that this problem had to be dealt with as a top priority. However, due to the complexity of the situation with numerous internal and external factors that were not only changing rapidly but also influencing each other, it was not possible to objectively identify the main causes and the measures to be taken. To make matters worse, important relevant positions in the company were not filled.

Against this backdrop, an interim executive with experience in the industry was assigned to record, analyze and resolve the situation with the independent view of an external expert.

The Solution 

The following action plan was developed and implemented in close dialog with all stakeholders:

The Results 

The Supply Chain Management (SCM) department now collaborates effectively across different locations and functions. The implementation of a sequence-based order planning methodology has brought stability to production control. This achievement is supported by the introduction of daily shop floor meetings, escalation meetings, intensive technical coaching for young team leaders, and the integration of On-Time In-Full (OTIF) key performance indicators at all stages.

Consequently, the focus has shifted from reactive troubleshooting to proactive root cause analysis and sustainable prevention. A pull system has been adopted in place of the previous push system. Key performance indicators have shown significant improvement, such as a 40% reduction in lead times for large components and an increase in On-Time Delivery (OTD) rates to over 98% for the logistics center and prefabricated components.

The project has been successfully concluded and transitioned to the manufacturer's employees. Extensive training and documentation efforts have been put in place to ensure that the positive outcomes are firmly embedded within the company.

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