Experts in developed and emerging markets agree that the future of the automotive industry lies in new mobility solutions, urban orientation and connected car concepts.
Alternative powertrains are gaining traction, with hybrids and fuel cell engines currently outselling battery powered in electric vehicles.
City planning is affecting how people use cars worldwide, and connected car solutions are gaining ground. Using a car when it’s needed rather than owning one is becoming more acceptable to the ‘connected generation’, and social networks are playing an increasing role in how people choose which cars they buy and drive.
Our expertise spans the entire automotive value chain, from manufacturers and suppliers to dealerships, from research and development to new plant setups. At the moment, we are involved with lean enterprise resource planning, warranty early warning and complex demand management solutions for our leading automotive clients - just three examples of how we apply our industry knowledge and technological skills.
On a regular basis each OEM defines its “Vehicle Program” and this often results in a trade-off between the ‘Offer’ (vehicle range, industrial capacity, finished goods inventories…) and the ‘Demand’ (customer orders, distribution company replenishment needs…). In fact this “vehicle program” is the result of industrial and commercial gambles that answer contradictory objectives: minimal options and a reduced range of vehicles on the production side, versus maximum model flexibility and a broad range of options on the sales side.
Automotive companies are currently facing an exceptionally challenging business environment. A dramatic slump in demand is causing significant pressure on the revenue side of companies, while the high price levels of raw materials cause a financial strain for procurement. Facing those challenges, automotive manufacturers are more than ever forced to improve internal factors within their span of control. BearingPoint developed an integrated solution called ‘Lean-ERP’ to improve the operational performance of the manufacturing companies. This solution combines the people-oriented stream (Lean Manufacturing) and the technology-oriented stream (Enterprise Resource Planning).
The supplier and manufacturing elements of the automotive supply chain have had a great deal of focus over the last 20 years in order to reduce cost and improve productivity with initiatives such as Just in Time and Lean Manufacturing. The same focus has not been applied to the Sales and Distribution elements of the value chain, which are estimated to account for between 25-30% of the cost of a new car.
Warranty management is a key concern for most original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers. With the annual global spend on warranty claims between $45 billion to $50 billion (£30 to £35 billion) the importance of vehicle quality and warranty should not be underestimated.
A comprehensive survey by BearingPoint and Multi-M/IT revealed widespread failure to act upon new car test drive requests from potential customers.
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We make sure we understand our clients' business problems, the trends in your industry and then work out what we need to do to achieve results for them.
Our consultants know where our clients are coming from, because they’ve usually been in their industry. We combine our deep knowledge and experience in their sector with the technical ability to create solutions with real business value. We’re always looking to find ways to improve their productivity, streamline processes, and leverage new revenue opportunities for them.
Finally, we get results - virtually all of our most significant clients renew their relationship with us year on year.