Accenture helped European automotive component maker Autoneum transform its approach to Product Lifecycle Management. The effort integrated processes and advanced technology and data tools to turn what was once a barrier to higher performance into a competitive advantage.
Autoneum is the global technology leader in acoustic and thermal management solutions for motor vehicles. Autoneum’s leadership was won through use of advanced technology and continuous innovation, and the company enjoys long-standing relationships with a diversified customer base.
Autoneum is committed to operational excellence, of which an efficient cost structure is a critical part. A review of its operating model identified several opportunities to capture greater efficiency, however. One significant barrier to reaching its operational and cost goals was the misalignment of Autoneum’s PLM and ERP processes, particularly the separate data management used for these related processes.
This in turn led to other operating disparities, namely a lack of integration of people, processes, and tools across key functions, from finance to product development and manufacturing, and procurement. Given that its core business was manufacturing automotive parts, Autoneum was specifically concerned about how the lack of consistent processes and data flows elongated production setups, which could have significant impact on revenue and customer satisfaction as Autoneum was faced with ever-shorter deadlines from customers.
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