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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

Needham Group (Interactive Case Study)

Play an interactive video with hotpoints that delve into the story behind the manufacturing partnership with Needham Group and the assembly of its N-Lase range of products.

Reducing fixed costs & improving cash flow » NTG logo design 2 01 mini » PP Control & Automation

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.

Needham Group

Turning to the strategic manufacturing outsourcing expertise of PP Control & Automation could prove to be a pivotal decision for Needham Group as it aims to turn a £30m expansion blueprint into reality.

Reducing fixed costs & improving cash flow » NTG logo design 2 01 mini » PP Control & Automation

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.

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

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 (Video Case Study)

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

A B Graphic International Ltd (ABG) originally engaged PP to design and manufacture the electrical back plates on its new Digicon 3 digital print finishing machine.

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

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