More flexibility, an improved ability to focus on their own core business and the integration of complementary competencies are the decisive arguments why customers outsource their production processes to WILD.
According to recent studies, more than 25 percent of companies in Germany alone want to outsource more production processes in the next five years. The reasons for this are as varied as they are understandable. Current customer examples from WILD also show how much companies benefit from working with a strong technology partner.
In order to be able to concentrate more on its core competence, namely the production and development of materials for dental medicine, a German company recently reduced its own production and outsourced it to WILD Gruppe. "For us, this is one of the most beautiful demonstrations of trust," says Stephan Payer, Head of Business Unit WILD Electronics. Specifically, WILD was commissioned with the parallel relocation of five device types, including the establishment of the specific assembly environment and the development of an adequate supply chain for these products. "The devices have been established for years. One of the customer's main issues was therefore the problem that many components were no longer available on the procurement market and alternatives had to be found. By using the different manufacturing locations within the WILD Gruppe and the fact that we recognized great savings potential in the cost structure behind the manufacturing, we were also able to reduce the manufacturing costs," Stephan Payer emphasizes. Since the end of 2019, the project team has worked on the concept and created a plan with clear timing specifications. After training the assembly staff at the customer's site, the step-by-step relocation of the individual devices finally took place.
But there isn't always that much lead time available. Often, things have to happen very quickly. As in the case of a medtech company for which WILD manufactures modules for PCR devices. "Due to the Corona pandemic, the customer's annual production volumes have doubled, and in some cases even tripled, from 2019 to 2021," Payer knows to report. "We had to check in a very short time whether the corresponding material supply is possible and how we can build up or shift resources in production. Since our employees are trained on several modules or devices, we were able to use them flexibly. Expanding our assembly lines and providing additional space was also easy to implement, as we are used to juggling our resources."
Responding to fluctuations in demand as quickly as possible was also the top priority in the production of assemblies used in blood gas analysis devices for monitoring lung function. "In this case, we were also able to supply the customer with more than double the normal requirement quantity at peak times," explains Payer.
OUTSOURCING OF PRODUCT UPDATES
Another customer in the medical technology sector was faced with the difficult challenge of upgrading a therapy laser that was already in use to a new laser handpiece. The additional organizational and assembly effort was not manageable in his already tight capacity situation. "We decided within a few hours to accept the project despite its short notice, thus once again demonstrating speed and flexibility," emphasizes Manfred Gallé, Head of Business Unit Medical Technology WILD GmbH. The project details were agreed upon within a few days. In order to understand the product in detail, analyze the assembly process and set up the project planning, WILD employees traveled to the customer's location at short notice. They then disassembled around 200 devices from different countries at the WILD site in Völkermarkt, installed new assemblies and performed the necessary final tests. WILD Gruppe is experienced in bringing complex production outsourcing projects in-house quickly, efficiently and flexibly. The technology partner does not shy away from taking on all the tasks involved in the shortest possible time and thus relieving the customer. From adapted order systems to a stable material supply to the optimisation of existing products. In addition, the Production Transfer Management System process plays a central role in the relocation. "The respective project team works its way through tried and tested checklists in an extremely focused manner and is therefore able to plan and implement all the necessary details in the areas of supply chain, assembly, material supply, infrastructure, auxiliary and operating resources as well as training, etc.", summarises CEO Josef Hackl. In this way, the know-how for new products can be built up in-house within a very short time and in a highly efficient manner, and the customer's production capacities can be relieved.