• Alexander Proudfoot Alexander Proudfoot

    Proudfoot designs, implements and accelerates operational transformation - realizing tomorrow's results today. More About Alexander Proudfoot
  • Automotive

    Delivering Accelerated Improvements

    Known for its competitiveness, the automotive sector is no stranger to rapid change. Thus, the key to success is for companies to quickly change in line with the market. Our expertise in driving the rapid and effective execution of corporate strategy allows our clients to readily exploit every opportunity for growth.

    Typical Results

    Results you can count on
    What we can help you achieve


    • Throughput and production increase 15%
    • Product development time reduced 40%
    • Service levels improved 52%
    • 37% machine downtime reduction
    • 15% energy costs reduction
    • 19% productivity improvement
    • 10% cost reduction
    • 30% direct labor cost reduction
    • 90% work-in-progress reduction
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    What We Do

    Your partner for rapid sustainable change
    Helping companies elevate operational and financial performance

    From original equipment manufacturers and component suppliers to commercial vehicle manufacturers and dealerships, we have worked with all areas of the automotive sector. Our experts bring both specialized industry insights and operational design and execution expertise to every Proudfoot engagement. Working shoulder-to-shoulder with our clients, we accelerate the pace of change and transform business performance.

    • Meeting competitive challenges
    • Complementing existing initiatives
    • Delivering lasting shareholder value
    Our approach and proven methodologies have helped clients meet competitive challenges head-on, resulting in driving additional throughput, improving productivity, delivering better yield and cutting rework, drastically reducing new product development time, matching and balancing resources, improving inventory, and addressing workflow issues to reduce unnecessary downtime.
    We complement existing initiatives such as Lean, Six Sigma and Kaizen, amplifying the results and delivering them much sooner than initially anticipated.
    Our first client encounter is rarely the last because we always deliver on our objectives. We develop long-term relationships with our clients and have worked on many projects for suppliers, manufacturers and wholesalers.

    Client Results

    What our clients say
    “The bottleneck in the factory was cleared within three months. Weekly production rose from a maximum of 28,500 engine casings per week to today’s level where we greatly exceed 30,000 casings weekly, producing up to 30,500. The project initiatives, contrary to past experience with other consultants, took place with a sense of trust shared across the entire operational team. The first-line managers and the operators worked together and everybody contributed to this result. I am completely satisfied with the approach adopted and the results obtained and, if the same problem arose again, I would, without any hesitation, work with Alexander Proudfoot again."
    Plant Manager, PSA Peugeot
    "The Alexander Proudfoot team analyzed the entire value chain from order entry to delivery. They subsequently redesigned the existing process, thereby defining the optimum approach and then set about implementing this revised approach. The increased flexibility which we have achieved enables us to conform to price, quality and delivery requirements in a demanding market.”
    Vice President , MAHLE
    Project Results - successful past projects
    • Overtime and rework
    • Cost reduction

    Objective: The Chief Executive sought to improve coordination and communication between different phases of the manufacturing process and strengthen the existing management techniques to align the organization.

    Approach: Proudfoot introduced best practices in order to encourage better communication. Additionally, processes and behaviors related to materials were aligned to ensure efficient use of materials. Increased schedule visibility to improve coordination between functions and ensure proactive management.

    Results: The organization achieved reductions in overtime expenses and external rework by 27% and 43%, respectively. Additionally, they were able to considerably reduce storage and transportation costs of finished goods.

    Objective: Our client was interested in reducing costs through improving quality and maintenance efforts.

    Approach: Proudfoot implemented a set of procedures to improve performance across a variety of areas. Proudfoot and client teams developed and explained defined goals to increase accountability for all employees. Within the maintenance department, employees received better communication and visibility with management through a master schedule. This helped eliminate low value-added activities and increased time spent on preventative maintenance.

    Results: The client witnessed improvements in both costs and cycle time. Total headcount was reduced by 11% and maintenance backlog improved from 150 days to just 25.

    Areas of Impact

    Expertise across all operational areas
    Alexander Proudfoot has more than 70 years of experience delivering operational results across various industries and operational areas. Allow us to tap into this knowledge to help you maximize your operations.
    • Strategic procurement
    • Productivity
    • Research and development
    Our approach to supplier relationship management is collaborative in nature and yields better pricing and superior results, which our clients translate directly into a competitive advantage in the marketplace. By combining our world class execution experience with unparalleled change management experience, we deliver our clients a world class strategic procurement infrastructure that sets these organizations apart from the competition.

    Improving productivity and increasing organizational effectiveness can deliver a real step-change in business performance, enabling companies to gain a valuable competitive advantage over rivals.

    Alexander Proudfoot has been synonymous with productivity improvements and operational effectiveness since 1946. We use a unique methodology for measuring productivity, first developed by our founder and continuously updated and refined since then.

    We understand the wider scope and how research and development projects interconnect with other areas of the business. Research and development improvements have repercussions on supply chain, sales, operations and other areas. With our comprehensive approach, companies not only improve the process but also prepare other areas of the business for success.
    Other Areas
    • Supply chain
    • Safety
    • SG&A
    • Maintenance
    • Distribution
    • Sales
    • Assembly
    • Program development
    • Employee engagement
    • Contractor management