MANUFACTURING

The industry has sought operational excellence for several decades to reduce direct costs as much as possible. To secure the future of your company, you are now required to project a global vision of the margin on full costs (integrating indirect costs), as well as on the optimisation of the value-cost ratio.


It is our conviction and our reason for being; we have developed unique tools and have the recognised expertise to support our customers in their product's development and their strategic industrial decisions.


This expertise can be found at different levels:
•    Costing of parts and implementation of complete cost models
•    Implementation of optimisation approaches (design to cost, operational optimisation)
•    Costing simulation based on market and internal assumptions

Cost Engineering
COSTING
YOUR AIMS

Estimating the cost of products, parts or services to guide the design process and buyers

  • Estimating of the cost of a component or product before receiving quotes from suppliers for a constructive collaboration

  • Estimating the cost of a product to guide technical choices

  • Quickly producing a realistic estimation of the full cost of a product to respond to a quotation request

OUR EXPERTISE

Master parametric and analytical tools

  • Valoptia.CER: parametric tool allowing estimated costs with simple formulas

  • Cleopatra: for managing project costs

  • Techniquote: for quoting mechanical parts from CAD files 

YOUR DELIVERABLE

A reliable objective cost in a few minutes or a few hours

  • Buy at the right price

  • Provide a realistic price to a prospective client

  • Choose between several design options

INDUSTRIAL COSTING MODELS
YOUR AIMS

Efficiently managing your margins

  • Having a full cost model which genuinely represents the reality on the ground

  • Being aware of your margins and being able to adjust them per product, by sales channel

  • Identifying opportunities to optimise direct and indirect costs in the short-, medium- and long-term

  • Comparing the expected results of plans for progress

OUR EXPERTISE

A proven, industrialised and tooled approach

  • Experience in the field to avoid the pitfalls of an incomprehensible model

  • A pragmatic approach based on existing tools and data available

  • An iterative approach to involve teams and avoid the tunnel effect

YOUR DELIVERABLE

A lively and collaborative analysis model

  • Fully-priced costs, designed to be shared and understood by different levels of the company

  • Clear mapping of costs and causal relationships between charges and sold products

  • Improved and shared performance indicators to complete your operational management system

  • A simplified budget construction, making it possible to apply “business” hypotheses to services and activities

INDUSTRIAL PERFORMANCE DIAGNOSIS
YOUR AIMS

Identifying your strengths and weaknesses in a few days

  • Mapping expenses by function and activity

  • Comparing your performance with the standards and best practices of other industrial players

  • Identifying relevant improvement projects

OUR EXPERTISE

A pragmatic and efficient field approach

  • A proven approach combining quantitative and qualitative analyses of the main functions:
    - Purchasing
    - Production
    - R&D Products
    - Industrial investment management
    - Economic management (direct costs, full costs)

  • Consultants with more than 20 years of experience in the industrial world who have mastered technical, economic and financial issues

YOUR DELIVERABLE

Concrete and profitable proposals

  • Concrete and profitable proposals
    State of play in terms of maturity by major function

  • Proposal of action plans and associated objectives

  • A simplified budget construction, making it possible to apply “business” hypotheses to services and activities

 
Competitiveness Improvement 
DESIGN-TO-COST PRODUCTS
YOUR AIMS

Improving the margins

  • Developing products and services that better meet customer needs at a lower cost more quickly

  • Creating value and differentiating yourself from the competition

OUR EXPERTISE

An innovative and proven approach, based on software solutions and controlled until implementation

  • An innovative and proven approach, based on software solutions and monitored until implementation
    - 20 years of success in multiple fields with strong and varied constraints:
    - Regulations (medical, aeronautical, military, nuclear …)
    - High volume, low unit margin, high automation (automotive, telecom, etc.)
    - Continuous flow process industry
    - Low volume (mechanical welding of large parts, energy and large projects)

  • Pragmatic and results-oriented implementation of classic methods (detailed technical analysis, value analysis) and innovative ones (systemic modeling having received CIR approval)

YOUR DELIVERABLE

Quality improvement, increasing the value and reducing the costs of your products and services

  • Costs reduced by 10-30%

  • Improved Time to market

INVEST TO COST
YOUR AIMS

Maximising Return on Investment

  • Maximising Return on Investment

  • Reducing the full cost (initial investment cost and recurring operating costs) of a new factory, new production line or turnkey solution

  • Guaranteeing strict compliance with the implementation and commissioning deadlines

OUR EXPERTISE

Design to Cost transposed to projects, unit productions and process industries

  • “Invest to Cost” methodological framework that makes it possible to activate additional competitiveness levers compared to traditional approaches

  • Long-lasting results in multiple areas with strong and varied constraints:

       - Regulations (transport, aeronautics,                         nuclear, etc.)

       - Production lines for process industries

       - New industrial sites

  • A pragmatic approach which combines traditional methods (detailed technical analysis, value analysis) and innovative ones (systemic modelling having received CIR approval)

YOUR DELIVERABLE

An investment that meets the right needs on time

  • Reduction of investment costs by 20-40% and operating costs by 5-15%

  • Compliance with implementation date objectives

OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE
YOUR AIMS

Sustainably improving your operating margin

  • Acting where it pays off

  • Achieving measurable results

OUR EXPERTISE

Proven methods serving a global vision of costs and their drivers

  • A great mastery of the most effective methods (lean, six sigma, theory of constraints, etc.) in order to employ only those which are relevant to your situation and adapt them to your environment

  • For our consultants, principles and theory fade away in favour of sustainably implementing practicable methods for your teams
     

YOUR DELIVERABLE

The right solution at the right place at the right time

  • A quick operational diagnosis to compare with your cost structure in order to determine the applicable methods and its ROI

  • The choice of methods to be implemented together, as well as the definition of indicators to monitor their implementation and obtain the expected gains

  • Tracking real earnings

 
Simulation
ECONOMIC SIMULATION FOR INDUSTRIAL PLAN
YOUR AIMS

Dealing with the unexpected

  • Simulate alternative solutions to achieve your goals by optimising resource consumption

  • Rely on structured and justified data to find potentially counter-intuitive answers to your economic environment's challenges

  • Frame and manage your industrial plans in the short- and medium-term

OUR EXPERTISE

An approach relying on software to overcome tedious calculations in order to focus on qualitative and quantitative analyses

  • Assimilation of your technical and economic constraints

  • Confrontation of customer and operational visions

  • Definition and valuation of a representative cost model adapted to the needs of the simulation

  • Simulation of many scenarios without any prejudice

  • Objective comparison of the different plans considered

YOUR DELIVERABLE

Confidence in your strategic directions

  • Full provision of costing and simulation models to for internal sustenance

  • Reports in a Data Visualisation tool allowing a simple representation of large and complex data

  • An objective and reasoned report on the various plans envisaged to justify, secure and manage your strategic orientations

 
Training courses
FOLLOWING PRE-MADE OR TAILOR-MADE COURSES
IMPLEMENT A DESIGN TO COST PRODUCT APPROACH
  • Master the essential concepts of Design To Cost

  • Be able to identify the right subjects to initiate a Design-To-Cost approach

PRODUCT OFFER MANAGEMENT AND ABC
  • Differentiate between the different methods of cost accounting and their advantages and disadvantages

  • Learn about the contributions of an economic model

  • Master the Activity Based Costing approach and implement it

  • Be able to exploit the results of an economic model

COST MODELING - CALCULATING HOURLY RATES
  • Understand and formalise a cost structure

  • Implement the appropriate methods and tools to model the company’s internal costs 

  • Calculate hourly rates and full product costs on a case study by following the ABC (Activity Based Costing) method

  • Understand the cost allocation mechanisms and associated indicators to identify and monitor competitiveness improvement initiatives

IMPLEMENTING AN INVEST-TO-COST APPROACH
  • Master the essential concepts of Invest To Cost

  • Be able to identify the right subjects to initiate an Invest-To-Cost approach

TAILOR-MADE TRAINING

Training adapted to your needs, to be built together

  • Training adapted to your needs, to be built together

  • Context analysis, interviews with stakeholders

  • Training design, identification of digital tools

  • Test sessions

  • Coaching of facilitators and/or animation of training
    Organisational assistance

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CONFERENCES
  • In addition to training courses, we also run conference cycles in companies or as part of professional events.

  • Our team is at your disposal to design the conferences that fit your requirements.

 
Les outils
SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS
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Activity Based Costing

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Simulation

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Action Plan Management

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Cost Estimating Relationship

Manage project cost

Quote mechanical parts

 
NEWS
Vos interlocuteurs
CONTACT US
Igor Le Pivert
IGOR THE PIVERT
Partner
Olivier Brongniart
OLIVIER BRONGNIART
President, co-founder