Rising cost for raw material, insecure supply chains and ever-increasing pressure on sustainability goals: The need and the upside for sustainability in the value chains are increasing drastically. Recalibrating the value chains and transforming towards a circular economy becomes a must for those who want to last.
Four pillars define the circular economy in the automotive industry: Refurbishment, Remanufacturing, Reuse and Recycling. These 4Rs differ according to the product level which they address (vehicle, module, or parts) and the respective activities: All allowing for a better utilization of resources. To make the different elements work two aspects are critical: A functioning ecosystem and suitable products.
While refurbishment is a powerful lever on the vehicle-level and recycling is the way to go when it comes to raw material on a part-level, remanufacturing and reuse are in scope when considering the module or component-level. While reuse is often applied to second-life applications and parts where a certain wear is acceptable, remanufacturing is a powerful approach when modules lose certain performance characteristics over time but can be reconditioned to return to their original purpose.
Heiko Weber (1972), Partner at Berylls Strategy Advisors, is an automotive expert in operations.
He started his career at the former DaimlerChrysler AG, where he worked for seven years and was most recently responsible for quality assurance and production of an engine line. Since moving to Management Engineers in 2006, he has been contributing his experience and expertise to projects for automotive manufacturers as well as suppliers in development, purchasing, production and supply chain. Heiko Weber has extensive experience in the development of functional strategies in these areas and also possesses the operational management expertise to promptly catch critical situations in the supply chain through task force operations or to prevent them from occurring in the first place.
As a partner of Management Engineers, he accompanied the firm’s integration first into Booz & Co. and later into PwC Strategy&, where he was most recently responsible for the European automotive business until 2020.
Weber holds a degree in industrial engineering from the Technical University of Berlin and completed semesters abroad at Dublin City University in Marketing and Languages.