Our client has 4 sites in the UK and were struggling to achieve financial and growth performance targets.
A global provider of maintenance and renovation services to the rail industry with 4 sites in the UK were struggling to achieve financial and growth performance targets set by Group. The UK MD and Board required support to analyse the business and market position, and to then create a business strategy that would put the UK organisation back-on-track financially.
Initial analysis of the business showed that some of the cost burden was largely driven by the substantial cost in manufacture and logistics involved in bogie repair and overhaul. This activity was carried out at 3 of the UK sites, to varying degrees, and was seen to be an area that could be improved and ran as a separate, profitable service to the rail industry based on an analysis of the industry and market potential. A business case and supporting strategy were created to be deployed over the coming months.
Increase in throughput in excess of 17% measured over 6 months
No accidents or near misses reported in the first 6 months
Reduction of man/hours per bogie averaged 23% over the first 6 months
Right first time quality up to 95% after 6 months measured at final inspection
6% increase in the order book in the first 12 months
One of the company site’s had the main concentration of bogie engineering knowledge and manufacturing set-up. However, in order to make the business viable, a number of observations were made and actions required.