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Cost and service pressures are a major concern for suppliers. But there are real opportunities for improvement in the supply chain.

With the internationalization of the automotive industry, suppliers are facing an increasing amount of pressure to operate on a global scale. As a consequence, value chains are longer, networks more complex, and processes and structures are becoming less transparent. This results in high supply chain costs and processes that are often ineffective.

The challenges faced by automotive manufacturers also have a direct effect on suppliers, due to their interdependence. On top of that, the range of products is increasing along with modularization. Due to changes in the market, order quantities vary greatly. This situation calls for flexible capacities. The imbalance among economic areas and the effects of global economic issues make the situation more challenging and also cause greater cost pressures.

In order to meet the requirements of globality, flexibility, and efficiency, suppliers must recognize and seize the opportunities that lie in logistics, networks, and their supply chain.

4flow has supply chain expertise on all levels of the automotive supply chain

For more than 10 years, 4flow has optimized the supply chains of tier-one and tier-two suppliers as well as automotive manufacturers. We have the necessary know-how to optimize processes from end-to-end. When it comes to transportation and networks, 4flow can support you with consulting services, software, and as an outsourcing partner. The areas of focus range from planning and optimizing the network structure, to analyzing scenarios with different production facility locations, and optimizing spare parts networks. As a competent outsourcing partner, 4flow manages transportation and global supply chain processes for clients.

Whether planning new plant locations or re-engineering processes based on lean principles, we have the necessary insight and expertise. With 4flow’s software solutions for the automotive industry, suppliers can save costs long-term and standardize processes for more efficiency.

We help our clients in the automotive supplier industry lower their overall supply chain costs significantly. Robust network structures that permit fluctuations in volume and the implementation of smart supply chain processes that result in increased productivity are among the other benefits we provide our clients.

References (partial list)

  • Adient
  • Autoneum
  • BENTELER
  • BorgWarner Turbo Systems                           
  • Bosch
  • Brose
  • Continental
  • Delphi
  • Dräxlmaier
  • Eberspächer
  • Faurecia
  • Frauenthal 
  • GRAMMER
  • HELLA
  • Hörmann Automotive Penzberg
  • Hymer-Leichtmetallbau
  • Inalfa Roof Systems
  • Johnson Controls
  • Knorr-Bremse
  • Lear
  • Magna
  • MANN+HUMMEL
  • thyssenkrupp
  • Yanfeng Automotive Interiors

“The optimization of the network and the implementation of new processes along with inbound and outbound routes in just six months set a new benchmark. We were able to do it with 4flow and are now benefiting from the project experience. We have already met the cost-savings objectives we set out to achieve. Now it’s all about continuing our success.”
Christine Mezger-Behan, project head for the global implementation of transportation management centers
Bosch

“Working with 4flow management, we have been greatly improving transparency in our sourcing network, increasing service provider quality, and lowering supply chain costs.”
Oliver Karlein, project manager at Brose Central Logistics
Brose

“With 4flow’s support, the Lear transportation network is now managed end to end on a continuous basis. As a result, more than 50 plants with roughly 1,800 supply lanes and about 25 carriers are optimized continuously.”
Dennis Henning, Head of Logistics Europe & Africa and Global Head Materials Management Center of Excellence
Lear

“We are convinced that the services of 4flow are adding substantial value to our business.”
Attila Biro, Vice President Purchasing
Knorr-Bremse

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