Design and management of production networks


Intensification of competition and developments such as market-driven and customer-focused supply chains forced companies to become parts of complex production and logistics networks, instead of producing in isolation. In the future only companies will be competitive which are capable of ensuring the effectiveness of their entire supply chain. To achieve a competitive edge and shorter time to market, companies will need to develop comprehensive new logistics concepts and create a greater openness of their systems environment.

The Laboratory uses and develops tailor-made methods creating benefit by the design of flexible, cost-effective networks that provide enhanced customer orientation and greater transparency with regard to cost structures, inventories and capacity utilization. We make use of practical experience, solid expertise in modelling and simulating production and logistics networks, extensive knowledge of the functionality of available IT systems. Furthermore, we offer the following services to support your company:

  • Design of supply chains and build-toorder networks
  • Definition of in-house production depth, and provision support in make-or-buy decisions
  • Distribution of value creation activities and safety stocks within your production network
  • Optimization of inter-company logistics
  • Implementation of risk- and event management in your production network
  • Involving new technologies into network management
  • Definition of KPIs and development of score cards for cross-company networks