When the shock hits the stock: Why there is more to a resilient supply chain than inventory increase

Munich, June 2024

When the shock hits the stock - Why there is more to a resilient supply chain than inventory increase
Munich, June 2024

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rom 2021 to 2023, selected leading OEMs in Germany, the US and China have increased their inventories on average by 50%. While this may be a measure to address turbulent supply chains, it is time for OEMs to think more radically to safeguard their supply.

For a more resilient supply chain OEMs and suppliers should focus on enabling the procurement organization for taking a more holistic view on the supplier award as well as on smart product design and further vertical integration in the supplier network.

Ultimately, OEMs and suppliers need to make long-term thinking a virtue, integrate supply chain thinking and stay alert for the next crisis.


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Authors
Timo Kronen

Partner

Fritz Metzger

Partner

Hendryk Pausch

Associate Partner

Eren Duygun

Senior Consultant

Fabian Dinescu

Senior Consultant

Julius Gaupp

Consultant

Fritz Metzger

Fritz Metzger (1986) joined Berylls Strategy Advisors, an international strategy consultancy specializing in the automotive industry, in February 2021. He is an expert on automotive operations.

Since 2011, his focus has been on strategic alignment and operational efficiency improvement of automotive manufacturers and suppliers. He also advises top management in critical situations, including R&D and industrialization task forces and relocation and restructuring initiatives of plants and complete suppliers. The challenges of e-mobility are always in focus.

Before joining Berylls, he was a director at international strategy consultants PwC Strategy&, as well as a sales and project manager at a medium-sized supplier and mechanical engineering company.

Fritz Metzger is a trained industrial engineer with a degree from ESB Business School Reutlingen. He also holds an MBA from the University of Salzburg.

Timo Kronen

Timo Kronen (1979) is partner at Berylls Group with focus on operations. He brings 17 years of industry and consulting experience in the automotive industry. His focus is on production, development and purchasing as well as supplier task forces. Some of his recent projects include:

• Restructuring of the Procurement Function (German Sports Car OEM)

• Supplier Task Force for an Onboard Charger (German Premium OEM)

• Strategy Development for the Component Production (German Premium OEM)

Before joining Berylls, Timo Kronen worked at PwC Strategy&, Porsche Consulting Group and Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG. He holds a diploma degree in industrial engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).