Schmitz Cargobull operations network recognised as a pioneer in Global Production Benchmarking

Schmitz Cargobull operations network recognised as a pioneer in Global Production Benchmarking

65 internationally active companies from German-speaking countries took part in Global Production Benchmarking, a study conducted by RWTH Aachen University on behalf of four leading German businesses.
Ten companies from this group made it to the final selection. Five of which - Georg Fischer Piping Systems, Hilti AG, Kostal Kontakt Systeme, Weidmüller Interface and Schmitz Cargobull - made it to the final. They will be honoured for their best practice solutions at a conference in Aachen at the beginning of May.
On 13.03.2024, 18 production experts from the group visited the Schmitz Cargobull plant for curtainsiders, in Altenberge, to get a personal impression of the setup and further development of the Schmitz Cargobull operations network. The international Schmitz Cargobull production network currently comprises ten plants in Germany, Lithuania, Spain, England, Turkey, Slovakia and Australia.

Production experts were impressed by the flexible operations network

Dr. Günter Schweitzer, COO Schmitz Cargobull, opened the ceremony with a presentation on the development of the operations strategy and the realignment of site roles in the network. "This award is an impressive and independent confirmation of our approach to the internationalisation of our production footprint," said Günter Schweitzer. "Our decentralised, near-to-market approach to value creation is unique in the trailer industry. We want to be globally close to our customers, i.e. produce locally, procure locally, be a local employer and local partner, but operate globally. This increases our resilience, reduces our carbon footprint and strengthens customer satisfaction."
The Product Line Manager for General Cargo, Ralph Kleideiter, presented the Schmitz Cargobull operations network for curtainsiders. Using the example of curtainsider trailers, he explained the control processes for the five production sites with which Schmitz Cargobull ensures customer-oriented supply to the European markets.
At the Altenberge plant, the participants were able to get an idea of the central Schmitz Cargobull axle production and the production for long beams and outer frames, from which the production network for curtainsiders is supplied. In addition to the automation aspects of production, the control aspects of network logistics were discussed in depth. During the subsequent product presentation, the experts from product management explained the technical modular system of curtainsider trailers. Thanks to its unique modular design and its end-coated individual parts, it enables flexible and reliable final assembly worldwide.
In the afternoon session, Schmitz Cargobull experts discussed with the participants in a "World Café" session about cross-location procedures for the planning of new factories, standardised networked processes for international order fulfilment and current structural measures for increasing supply security in an increasingly volatile business environment.
In the final feedback, the participants of the benchmark visit were enthusiastic about the flexible Schmitz Cargobull network. The exemplary interaction of the strategy process with consistent process-oriented implementation based on a strong network culture and employee motivation was emphasised. The valuable tips for improvement from the discussions with the experts will be incorporated into the further network design at Schmitz Cargobull.


Acerca de Schmitz Cargobull 

Schmitz Cargobull es el fabricante líder de semirremolques para carga con temperatura controlada, carga general y mercancías a granel en Europa y pionero en soluciones digitales para servicios del remolque y conectividad. La compañía también fabrica equipos de frío para semirremolques frigoríficos. Con una amplia gama de servicios que van desde financiación, suministro de repuestos, contratos de servicio y soluciones telemáticas hasta el comercio de vehículos usados, Schmitz Cargobull ayuda a sus clientes a optimizar su coste total de propiedad (TCO) y su transformación digital.
Schmitz Cargobull se fundó en 1892 en Münsterland, Alemania. La empresa familiar produce alrededor de 60.000 vehículos al año con más de 6.000 empleados y generó una facturación de alrededor de 2.600 millones de euros en el ejercicio 2022/23. La red de producción internacional se compone actualmente de diez plantas en Alemania, Lituania, España, Inglaterra, Turquía, Eslovaquia y Australia.

El equipo de prensa de Schmitz Cargobull:

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