Citing a need to “counter growing price pressure,” solar inverter company SMA Solar Technology AG has announced it is shutting down two production facilities in an effort to consolidate its global operations.The company says this will allow SMA to further reduce its fixed costs and, thus, maintain its competitiveness.These actions are in response to continued declines in U. The facility closures will result in the elimination of 2,000 positions and ongoing operational efficiency initiatives will result in the elimination of an additional 2,000 positions in the Corporation’s Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS), Mission System and Training (MST), and Space Systems business areas by the end of 2014.As part of the consolidation, all program work and some employees will transition to other Lockheed Martin facilities, creating operational efficiencies and reducing costs. The Corporation is reviewing potential sites to transition the MST work, including its facilities in Owego, N. and Orlando, Fla., and expects to finalize plans in early 2014.When fully embraced, complexity reduction initiatives can yield cost savings as high as 25-35% while also driving revenue lift.Complexity is a major issue for today’s business leaders.
Supply chains suffer from too many suppliers, too many items, and overly-built infrastructures.Cheese production will be shifted away from the company’s plant in Champaign, Ill., to other plants in North America, and the company plans to make the Champaign location a “center-of-excellence” in dry sauce production. business units to our co-headquarters of Chicago and Pittsburgh, which will drive increased collaboration and efficiency,” Mr. The views expressed in the comments section of Food Business News do not reflect those of Food Business News or its parent company, Sosland Publishing Co., Kansas City, Mo.Both moves will take up to two years to complete, said Mr. “Our decision to consolidate manufacturing across the Kraft Heinz North American network is a critical step in our plan to eliminate excess capacity and reduce operational redundancies for the new combined company,” Mr. “This will make Kraft Heinz more globally competitive and accelerate the company’s future growth. Concern regarding a specific comment may be registered with the Editor by clicking the Report Abuse link.This paper looks at the What, Why, How, and Where of consolidating packaging complexity.With these concepts, supply chains can be leaner, more robust, and more profitable.