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PA Consulting Group wins European Strategic Manufacturing Award

15 October 2008

PA Consulting Group is pleased to announce that it has won the Skills in Manufacturing Award, presented at the European Strategic Manufacturing Awards in Duesseldorf. PA Consulting won the award for company turnaround work carried out with automotive roof specialist Inalfa, based in the Netherlands.

The Skills in Manufacturing Award category was sponsored by the Institute of Engineering and Technology. 

The judging panel was looking for evidence of a sustainable step change in the productivity levels of the manufacturing work force through the use of innovative training and knowledge transfer of the workforce. 

From the judging panel, Malcolm Wheatley, International Manufacturing Expert and Author commented:

“PA Consulting, in conjunction with Inalfa Roof Systems, has demonstrated a genuine ability to link workforce performance to productivity. Delivering a 0.5% greater EBIT margin is testament to this. Well done to everyone at PA and Inalfa for their success.”

Inalfa Roof Systems asked PA to help them plan and implement a fundamental restructuring programme which ultimately led to new organisational structures within Engineering, Operations and Global Purchasing. The results included leaner manufacturing structures in production and engineering, and improved purchasing. The complete programme organisation has delivered 0.5% more EBIT margin for Inalfa during the period, and continuing improvement activities during 2007 and beyond brought anticipated savings of a further 1.5% EBIT margin.     

Ton Houben, Inalfa Group CEO, commented:

“Without PA, Inalfa would have struggled to achieve these results so quickly. PA reconciled our objectives – including immediate profitability and long term product quality, and then coached us to this performance. We quickly realised we were facing reorganisation on an enormous scale, together with huge cultural change, but with PA to help us we decided to push on – and the financial results have confirmed this was the right decision.”

And Daniele Giannetti, Inalfa Group CPO, added:

“PA didn’t just tell us the theory, they had industry-experienced people who could actually show us how to do a job. PA claimed they had the knowledge to truly support a company like ours and based on this programme, I’d say that was true.”

Receiving the prize, David Bailey, senior member of PA’s manufacturing practice, commented:

“The success achieved with Inalfa reflected their openness to embrace change, and the integration of PA as part of their team. That they have now fully implemented our recommendations and reaped the benefits in such a short time frame is very gratifying.” 

The Awards judging panel consisted of Sidney Hill Jr, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology, USA; Mark Graban, Lean Manufacturing coach and International Manufacturing expert and author Malcolm Wheatley, and Pierfrancesco Manenti, Research Director, EMEA, Manufacturing Insights. 

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