Zetwerk optimized the global supply chain for a top lifting and material-handling equipment manufacturer, addressing localization, forecasting, and cost-reduction challenges

Here is the list of challenges that the customer faced:

Localizing materials and standards for production shifts between the USA and Mexico
Managing demand forecasting in a complex global supply chain with long lead times
Converting a fabricated product to a casting to achieve cost savings

The Challenge

The leading industrial equipment manufacturer faced significant challenges while managing the global supply chain. Key issues included localizing materials for production shifts, accurately forecasting demand in a complex supply chain, and transitioning a fabricated product to a casting to reduce costs

Identifying the problem

The client struggled with localizing materials and standards when shifting production from China to other low-cost manufacturing countries. Additionally, the complexity of their global supply chain made demand forecasting challenging, leading to significant supply chain disruptions. They also needed to convert a fabricated product to casting to reduce production costs, which required precise engineering and design modifications

Zetwerk’s Solution

Zetwerk provided comprehensive solutions to address the client’s challenges. For the production shift, Zetwerk acted as an engineering consultant, ensuring the machine met US standards and managing the production ramp-up. They relocated critical supply chain components from China to India & Vietnam to mitigate risks and applied design optimizations to convert a fabricated product to casting, saving the client costs up to 20% annually.

Engineering consultation for seamless production shift and standard localization
Relocation of critical supply chain components from China to India & Vietnam
Design optimization to convert a fabricated product to a cost-effective casting

“Our ability to react and provide effective solutions when challenges arise has made us a trusted partner for our clients.”

Dan Bachelet

Director of Operations, Zetwerk Manufacturing USA Inc.

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Zetwerk Value Proposition

Our services include secondary operations and local warehousing in Mexico and the US, supported by a global supply chain network to reduce tariffs.

Zetwerk Capabilities

We offer versatile and high-quality production capabilities from die casting to CNC machining.


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