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Production optimization at a mid-sized chemical company in Germany

>5 m€

EBITDA improvement


inventory reduction


OpEx projects for continuous efficiency improvement

Company details

  • Manufacturer of pigments, polymers, agro products, pharmaceutical precursors and APIs
  • Ltd company with 110 million Euro turnover and 450 employees at 3 locations in Frankfurt/Main, Germany
  • 70% contract manufacturing for third parties, 30% marketing of own products 

Situation and challenge

  • Insufficient efficiency in operations; product portfolio poorly organized
  • Excessive inventories, especially of intermediate products
  • Lack of market/customer orientation 

Goals and tasks at hand

  • Process-technical evaluation of the top ten products
  • Achievement of an EBITDA in excess of 15% (previously 8%)
  • Implement sustainable processes 

Activities and procedure

  • Evaluation of all products for their potential to increase Efficiency
  • Implementation of a digital planning board (OR-Soft)
  • Establishment of a team for OpEx (Operational Excellence) as driver and master for all improvements (35 new Projects) 

Results and successes

  • EBITDA (2018) in excess of 17%
  • Inventory reduction by > EUR 1 Million
  • Creation of a basis for further efficiency improvements (timetable for new COO)
  • Development of a customer- and performance-oriented organization 

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