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A new chemistry in the markets

Profitability and growth continue to be top of the agenda for senior leaders across the chemical industry.

At BearingPoint we see four major trends that will have a significant impact on the industry in Europe over the next five years:

  • Shale gas extraction in the US will significantly change the game – the industry may see some economic disruption in regions that use crude oil to produce.
  • Strategic portfolio alignments will be made in order to further improve overall performance. We expect M&A transactions to increase after a flat post-economic crisis period.
  • There will be a continued focus on cost management. Identifying and realizing additional improvement potential will be crucial for the success of industry players in Europe as their highly productive legacy production facilities compete with new-world scale assets in Asia and low cost energy and feedstock based on shale gas from the US.
  • Customer demand, especially in specialty chemicals segment, will stay volatile and supply chain complexity will increase. Demand will continue to shift to customer-specific products (active ingredient, formulation, packaging), which in turn will affect supply chain and inventory levels.

We use customized approaches and proven toolsets to achieve sustainable results for our clients. To this end, we have built a knowledge database to accelerate the results we achieve in all phases of a project.

We have consistently received feedback from our clients that it is above all our people – many of whom have worked in the chemical industry before joining BearingPoint - who make the difference.


We develop pragmatic concepts to help our clients consolidate or strategically re-align business units and business lines according to corporate or divisional targets and principles.

We implement strategies for product and customer portfolio optimization, performance improvement (operational excellence, growth) and business process management.

We manage firm-wide programs to integrate acquired businesses and business partners, harmonizing processes and information technology.

Many of our projects are built on a financial business case quantifying benefits over effort and a measurable ROI proposition.

We innovate through these solutions:

Active Manager

Active Manager is a manager-led business transformation methodology that creates a sustainable step change in operational performance. It typically delivers performance improvements between 10% and 20%.

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The best idea is useless if it is not identified within the organization. CLU is an idea management platform supporting the innovation management process and fostering innovation as an important component of the corporate culture.

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Digital Supply Chain Management

We provide deep knowledge about industry, global demand and supply markets, their environment and requirements, as well as leading practice examples. We know about digital innovators and how to apply them in your industry. We focus on client centricity as we are aware of its importance for your future business.

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Enterprise Performance Management Cloud

BearingPoint’s Planning and Reporting Cloud Service is a cost-efficient, reliable and secure way of arranging your organization’s Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) processes.

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Governance, Risk & Compliance

Working closely with the client, we deliver a rigorous and effective integrated GRC (Governance, Risk and Compliance) solution – one that is not only right for the client, but also available for them.

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Industry 4.0

The BearingPoint Smart Factory Model makes you experience Industry 4.0: machines communicate and share information about their status, the workpiece or occurring disorders (horizontal integration). With the connection to commercial planning systems, the convergence of the shop floor level with the corporate management level is demonstrated (vertical integration).

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IT Mergers & Acquisition

We are neutral IT Advisors for the full M&A life-cycle – for strategic buyers/sellers and for Private Equities. Within our industrialized IT Due Diligence or IT Assessments, we minimize risks and identify cost reduction potentials as well as growth opportunities – based on the investment thesis. Our proven track record and our unique partnership with West Monroe Partners, a leading IT M&A advisor in the US, underlines our capabilities.

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Lean-Enterprise Resource Planning

Lean Production and ERP have long been two independent business improvement approaches, often coexisting within the same production site. Our Lean-ERP accelerator combines these two approaches and leverages synergies while abandoning weaknesses of each individual approach. By this means, the Lean-ERP solution supports our clients in creating a globally harmonized process landscape based on lean production principles and supported by a lean ERP solution.

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SAP Simple Finance

SAP Simple Finance and S/4 HANA are the solutions which will push ERP into a new generation of “digital business”. The accelerator is a service which is part of the Digital CFO campaign to demonstrate what “digital” means for the CFO.

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Smart Analytics

Smart analytics enriched products & services will become key differentiators for insurance companies. A key feature is that all players may have access to all data. At the same time, smarter analytics may eliminate the requirement to share risks. In recent years, the globalization of fraud patterns requires the analysis of "world data“ and there is the need to establish the future position in the BigData & Smart Analytics ecosystem.

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Supply Chain Planning Excellence Toolkit

Today’s businesses operate in continuously changing, more volatile and complex environments, driving the need for higher flexibility, agility and thus better operational planning processes, systems and methods. The BearingPoint “Supply Chain Planning Excellence Toolkit” contains a combination of field proven tools and methods that empower businesses to analyze and design their ideal planning landscape.

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Transport Management System Implementation

To accompany customers in international implementation and rollout of transport management systems (e.g. inet, SAP, ORACLE) some requirements must be fulfilled: identification of local and country-specific expertise in Transportation Management (across Global Alliance Network), construction of an international community for exchange of experience and know-how transfer and merging of country-specific requirements for the Transport Management System (Delta Assessment).

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Here's how your function relates to what we offer.

We make sure we understand your business problems, the trends in your industry and then work out what we need to do to achieve results for you. Our consultants know where you are coming from, because they’ve usually been in your industry. We combine our deep knowledge and experience in your sector with the technical ability to create solutions with real business value. We’re always looking to find ways to improve your productivity, streamline your processes, and leverage new revenue opportunities for you.

Finally, we get results - virtually all of our most significant clients renew their relationship with us year on year.

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