Re-Assessing Industrial Footprints

Sector: Manufacturing

In most manufacturing industries, the rules for designing an optimal 'footprint' have dramatically changed over the last 15 to 20 years.

Globalisation is turning a company's 'footprint' into a moving target

By footprint we mean:

  • 'What and how much product/service should we produce where?'
  • 'What products and services should we offer to which markets?'
  • 'Where should we locate our operations?'
  • 'How can we generate value and how should we develop our products and services?'

At OC&C we have supported companies and investors through a wide range of situations, typically involving footprints of up to 50+ factories worldwide. Although exposure to globalisation varies significantly across industries, some generic features have emerged.

So what are the main challenges and opportunities and how can a company best reset its footprint?

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