Magna are the most diversified automotive supplier in the world. They design, develop and manufacture automotive systems, assemblies, modules and components, and also engineer and assemble complete vehicles. Decoma Merplas, which is an operating division of Magna, specialise in the supply of external trim to the UK automotive market. It was Decoma Merplas who engaged the team at Gideon Hillman Consulting to undertake a complete review of their existing Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP).
The team at Gideon Hillman Consulting undertook a total review of existing processes and from these developed new and comprehensive sales forecasting and capacity planning tools. These tools were developed in conjunction with the operations team, ensuring that the tools were not only fit for purpose, but also had the agreement and support of the key stakeholders in the business.
By providing the Decoma Merplas team with a clear picture of both future sales and future capacity, the management are now able to make informed timely decisions, with accurate supporting data, and business-wide consensus, ensuring the continuous improvement of the Decoma Merplas operation, and targeted improvement in its customer service and cost base.