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Competitive benchmarking for a U.S. Shipbuilding Company Helps Improve Productivity By 31%

The U.S. shipbuilding industry is known to be one of the finest producers of both military and commercial fleet. However, the rising costs continue to erode the budgets and overall profitability of shipbuilding companies in the US. According to experts at Infiniti Research, some of the key causes of the rising costs include material and schedule delays, starting production with immature designs, inexperienced labor force, and reduced productivity due to the introduction of a new series of a given combatant. Other roadblocks to growth faced by players in the U.S. shipbuilding industry involve factors such as unstable and declining build rate, lack of appropriate competitive benchmarking, and suboptimal acquisition strategies. While companies are taking measures to address these U.S. shipbuilding industry challenges, the inefficiencies in tackling costs continue to plague the industry’s overall growth.

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Business challenge

A U.S. shipbuilding company, engaged in building and repairing vessels of assorted sizes and utility, approached experts at Infiniti Research to undertake a competitive benchmarking study in an effort to understand how key players in the shipbuilding industry performed and tackled business challenges. Apart from this they also sought strategies to address other business challenges including:

  • The shipbuilding company noted a decline in productivity when compared to other international shipyards, with outputs tailing by at least 40% in comparison
  • Tackling cost growth by identifying the key cost drivers and taking corrective measures
  • Assess the U.S. private shipyards using a standardized benchmarking system
  • Improving operating margins which was found to be much higher compared to international commercial shipyard companies
  • Enhancing obsolete designs that do not adhere to the quality standards
  • Identifying DoD, Navy, and industry actions, policies, and contract incentives that can be implemented

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Our Approach

Experts at Infiniti Research undertook a comprehensive competitive benchmarking study with exhaustive secondary research from proprietary and open source information sources to develop insights and hypotheses specific to the U.S. shipbuilding industry. Rigorous desk research through 750+ sources was executed to understand the U.S. shipbuilding market landscape, competitor strategies, and market trends.

 As a part of the engagement, in-depth market research was undertaken where our experts assessed ten leading international shipyards and the seven major U.S. shipyards to understand their key product lines and compare the shipbuilding practices in the international markets with that of the client. The market data collected was also validated with market experts and independent consultants in the shipbuilding sector. An Industry best practice assessment also identified key strategies and best practices followed by international shipbuilding companies to reduce costs and enhance productivity. This enabled us to help the shipbuilding company benchmark their exiting processes with that of key players in the market and identify the critical gaps. With Infiniti’s market opportunity analysis, the U.S. shipbuilding company was able to analyze various growth opportunities.

Results Achieved

shipbuilding industryInfiniti’s engagement helped the shipbuilding company implement strategies to enhance their overall productivity. Within a span of 7 months, the client recorded a 31% increase in their productivity. The benchmarking analysis also helped the client understand how they compared to top performing shipbuilding companies and replicated their cost-cutting strategies into the business. The shipbuilding company also identified the right suppliers to procure good quality materials at reasonable prices, bringing down the overall cost of production. Additionally, the shipbuilding company was also able to:

  • Improve their operating margins by 10% in each quarter
  • Revamp design implementation strategies by understanding the changing market requirements and discarding the obsolete segments
  • Identify unmet market needs and key growth segments before their competitors, giving them a first-mover advantage in the market

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Taming Sales Complexity in the Manufacturing Industry

As the growth of the manufacturing industry continues to soar, it is natural that the buying processes involved have consequently become more complicated, lengthier, and involving more stakeholders in the sales cycle. While growing manufacturing companies make supplier collaboration and diligence on the manufacturing floor a top priority, eliminating complexity from customer-facing processes often takes a backseat. Furthermore, as product portfolios grow broader, multi-year service contracts are becoming the new normal and shorter product lifecycles are bound to make the sales manager’s job in the manufacturing industry even more challenging. Based on our expertise in helping manufacturing sector clients to overcome similar challenges, we have listed out some ways by which sales managers in the manufacturing industry can overcome complexities.

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Communicate with decision-makers

Generally, most B2B purchases in the manufacturing sector involve at least five or more people. Each of these stakeholders will also be in charge of different teams that could influence their key decision-making. It is vital for the sales team in the manufacturing sector to be able to gain a comprehensive understanding on the company including its culture, goals, and what support their primary contact needs in order to get others onboard. A best practice here is to think through the mind of the buyer and how they would convince their team about your products. If the key questions of the key stakeholders can be effectively taken care of, then it becomes for easier for sales managers to close the deal.

Customize based on the requirement

Different internal stakeholders in a buying organization will have different requirements. As such, the one-size-fits-all approach here could prove to be ineffective. Therefore, it becomes essential for manufacturers to tailor experiences for different stakeholders. A good majority of B2B buyers will be willing to pay more for a great experience while making a purchase, making this a crucial factor for companies in the manufacturing industry to consider.

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Leverage consumer insights

Sales managers in the manufacturing industry must leverage appropriate customer relationship management tools. This will help them prevent losing valuable customers to competitors. Modern CRM systems have the ability to track which content has been sent to a contact, and when coupled with a sales Enablement platform, can track which parts of this content have been read and which works best for certain sectors. When used together, CRM and sales Enablement can help marketers and the sales team to analyze and understand how best to influence prospects.

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Reviving the US Manufacturing Sector

MANUFACTURING

The erosion of the US manufacturing sector over the past couple of years have been a big blow on the growth of the US economy. Small and midsize manufacturing companies are the most affected, while large companies in the US manufacturing sector have managed to thrive despite the growing headwinds. Although it is widely believed that little can be done to put an end to the ongoing decline of US manufacturing sector, continued losses are not a foregone conclusion. On the brighter side, the rising demand, productivity gains through technology, and finding growth in new parts of the value chain will likely create an opportunity for the US manufacturing sector to turntables. Given how vital manufacturing is to the broader economy, capitalizing on these opportunities must be given national priority.

We examine some of the key factors that will fuel growth in the future of manufacturing in the United States and how manufacturers can leverage this opportunity to revitalize their business.

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manufacturing sectorGrowing demand

Although the US market is not the same familiar ground it was in the past, it remains one of the most developed and lucrative markets in the world. Furthermore, the US consumers are more diverse and expect higher quality and varieties at lower prices. Beyond the domestic market, the demand is also soaring in developed and emerging economies around the globe. However, for tapping into demand growth in emerging economies, it is vital to know exactly where and how to compete. Markets including Africa, Brazil, China, and India represent enormous opportunities, but they have dizzying regional, ethnic, linguistic, and income diversity. This translates to the fact that manufacturing sector companies must navigate greater complexity than ever before and identify the most feasible strategies to produce a wider range of product models with differing features, price points, and marketing approaches.

Industry 4.0

In order to enhance productivity, the US manufacturing sector must capture demand opportunities coming their way. Innovative technologies will play an integral role in determining how effectively they can achieve this and compete better in the market. The rise of industry 4.0 in the US manufacturing sector is largely driven by the increase in volume of data available, new forms of human–machine interactions such as the use of AR, and the ability to transmit digital instructions to the physical world. These advanced technologies are designed to run smart, cost-efficient, and automated plants that produce large volumes or plants that produce highly customized products.

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Rethinking business models, footprint, and sourcing

US manufacturing sector companies are seeking new ways to capture value beyond traditional production processes. Moreover, with changing input costs, the gap between labor cost in the US and abroad have also narrowed and the cost of industrial robots are rapidly falling. As a result, several US manufacturing sector companies are moving their manufacturing base to the home country. Advancements such as the internet of things and robotics can effectively handle dangerous tasks and eliminate safety risks. Beyond the factory floor, new applications for coordinating distributed supplier networks improve the flow and tracking of raw materials and manufactured parts.

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Manufacturing industry in Europe

Competitive Landscape Analysis of the Manufacturing Industry in Europe – Competitive Intelligence Engagement

Overview of the Manufacturing Industry in Europe

The manufacturing industry in Europe is presently undergoing a transformational phase. Leading players in the manufacturing industry in Europe are facing challenges such as evolving regulations, staff shortage issues, data protection threats, and falling demand. Owing to such challenges, European manufacturers are in need to develop new strategies and invest in technology to gain a stronger foothold.

The hyper-competitive and dynamic nature of the European manufacturing market also demands companies to stay updated on the changing trends and consumer behavior. Additionally, keeping a constant watch on competitors’ key strategies and business processes is becoming quintessential to survival.

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Business Challenge

The client is a heavy equipment manufacturing company in Europe. The company has 2 manufacturing facilities, 11 warehouses, and over 33 distributors in Europe.

Our client, a manufacturing company, faced immense competition from local players in Europe. Also, the company lacked skilled labor and investment in cybersecurity. In addition, evolving regulations in the manufacturing industry in Europe further made it difficult for the client to comply with manufacturing standards. Due to these challenges, they were losing their market share to their competitors.

To understand how they could improve their market position and perform better than their rivals, they approached the experts at Infiniti Research to leverage their expertise in offering competitive intelligence solution.

Major challenges faced by the client were:

1Manufacturing industry in Europe challenge #1: Skill shortages

With the baby boomer generation reaching retirement age, companies in the manufacturing industry in Europe faced labor shortage challenges. The client also struggled to find and retain top talent. However, they noted that their competitors were implementing automation to handle the labor shortage challenge. By leveraging our competitive intelligence solution, the client wanted to study in-detail the approach undertaken by their competitors to tackle this challenge.

Manufacturing industry in Europe challenge #2: Security threats

As cyber threats were increasing in the manufacturing industry in Europe, the client realized that the company’s lack of investment in cybersecurity could turn out to be a major challenge. As such, they wanted to identify all the security threats facing companies in the manufacturing industry in Europe. Also, they wanted to understand risk management measures adopted by the top manufacturing companies in Europe.

Manufacturing industry in Europe challenge #3: Global competition

The client faced challenges in sustaining a leading edge in the market because new products from emerging markets such as the US and Canada were increasingly being imported to Europe. The client, therefore, wanted to identify areas where they lacked compared to their competitors.

Manufacturing industry in Europe challenge #4: Automation and Innovation

Although automation and new technological innovations opened up new opportunities for companies in the manufacturing industry in Europe, they also brought along new sets of challenges. The challenges involved the cost of initial set-up and recruiting skilled workforce to manage the implementation of robots and AI platforms. The client, with our competitive intelligence solution, wanted to understand how other companies in the manufacturing industry in Europe handled such challenges and gained a leading edge in the marketplace.

To get products to market, companies in the manufacturing industry in Europe will need to adhere to extremely tight and stressful timelines. We can help you stay competitive while being cost-effective. Contact us today!

Solutions Offered

2As a part of the competitive intelligence engagement, the experts at Infiniti Research gathered comprehensive insights about the client’s key competitors. The factors such as competitors’ service offerings, risk mitigation approaches, and business strategies were taken into consideration during the analysis.

By leveraging Infiniti’s expertise in offering market scanning and monitoring analysis, the experts helped the client to review macro and micro-economic environment, identify security threats, and understand evolving regulations in the manufacturing industry in Europe.

By conducting a detailed market opportunity analysis engagement, we helped the client to assess markets’ readiness for new offerings, including new technologies and automation processes. With our help, the client was able to understand how automation will transform the industry landscape in the years to come and identify competitors who were leveraging similar technologies and processes.

The experts also conducted a risk assessment study to analyze the security threats facing companies in the manufacturing industry in Europe. The identification of the risks in advance helped the client to take cybersecurity measures to protect data and information.

Lastly, by conducting a competitive benchmarking study, our experts helped the client to understand the strengths and weaknesses of their major competitors. Also, this phase of the engagement helped the client to enhance efficiency in areas where they lacked compared to their competitors.

Results Obtained

Based on our insights, the client gained comprehensive insights into their competitors and developed a detailed understanding of the attractiveness of market opportunities for their product and service offerings. Moreover, they were able to understand strategies undertaken by their key competitors to manage labor shortage challenges, data protection threats, and global competition.

This further helped them to improve business efficiency and deal with the challenges in the manufacturing industry in Europe. They were also able to strengthen their position in the manufacturing industry in Europe and enhance market share by 19%.

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