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Reducing fixed costs & improving cash flow

WIP & inventory

Elimination of unnecessary stock and reduction of Work In Progress (WIP) improves cashflow. We all accept that ‘cash is king’ and by working with PP C&A, you could drastically improve your working capital and cash conversion cycles.

PP C&A will take ownership of the supply chain and ensure manufacturing is aligned to your precise needs, operating on both pull (Kanban), JIT and discrete purchase order methodologies with the clear aim to deliver to the exact date you need it. Transferring ownership of the supply chain to PP C&A will ensure true efficiency in resource allocation.

For outsourcing to deliver the maximum benefit, then the activities associated with purchasing and supply chain management should be included. The outsourcing partner should have the capabilities and skills to inherit, manage and develop the associated supply chain.

If you still have to manage parts of it and the associated costs of purchasing/logistics that go with it, then you are not going to see the true benefits.

An outsourced solution clearly creates a fixed cost of ownership for the customer, taking away the variability associated with overall volumes, batch sizes, fluctuations in material costs, internal direct costs (typically driven by variations in efficiency) and overhead cost amortisation.

Other (often) hidden costs of over-production, excess inventory, scrap and waste, over time costs etc. are all eliminated when an outsourcing solution has been designed and implemented successfully.


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Case Studies on strategic outsourcing

Winbro Group Technologies

A strategic manufacturing outsourcing partnership – built on trust, integrity and maximising each other’s production expertise – is celebrating ten years together with the launch of the world’s most productive EDM drilling machine.

Reducing fixed costs & improving cash flow » winbro group technologies vector logo » PP Control & Automation

Collected customer case studies (2021)

This collection of case studies examines some of the recent strategic outsourcing partnerships delivering against several business pains for machine builders and OEMs, and how those partners are benefiting from the PP C&A approach.

Inventor-e (iVendScale/iBinScale)

Inventor-e is accelerating disruption of inventory management with the help of the Manufacturing Assembly Network, a unique collective of sub-contract manufacturers and a world class engineering design consultancy.

Jenton Group

A new manufacturing partnership between PP Control & Automation and Jenton Group has created the capacity to build new UV technology in volumes that could help protect us from Covid-19 in indoor spaces.

Reducing fixed costs & improving cash flow » 4 by 6 Jenton Logo mini » PP Control & Automation

Mazak UK

As the years have gone by, the relationship between the two businesses has become more interlinked, with PP C&A increasingly being asked to be involved in the design stage of new machine builds.

Reducing fixed costs & improving cash flow » mazak » PP Control & Automation

Ishida: Strategic outsourcing partnership

Watch how Ishida realised their growth potential by making outsourcing part of their manufacturing strategy.

Reducing fixed costs & improving cash flow » ishida cs mini logo » PP Control & Automation

Collected publications & case studies (2019-2020)

PP Control & Automation has had the opportunity to publish a variety of articles in the UK’s leading journals for the manufacturing industries.

A B Graphic International Ltd

During the design engineering discussions, it quickly became apparent that a more value-added design would be beneficial, allowing for a modular, configurable and pre-wired (Plug & play) style solution with significant benefit.

Reducing fixed costs & improving cash flow » ABG Logo mini » PP Control & Automation

Inventor-e

Inventor-e was established in 2001 as a technology business to provide point-of-use solutions to industrial manufacturers and the facilities management markets.

Reducing fixed costs & improving cash flow » Inventor e logo business card mini » PP Control & Automation

Fullwood Packo

A huge surge in demand for the latest machines within the dairy industry means that Fullwood Packo has enjoyed particular success with its M2erlin robotic milking systems.

Reducing fixed costs & improving cash flow » fullwood packo logo » PP Control & Automation

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