Relocation & Consolidation Consulting Services

A Need for Swift Execution.

Few companies are fully resourced to handle the scope and scale of consolidating or relocating a plant. These projects often appear to be going well, until it’s time to start moving product lines and cells and begin producing the product. By then, the only path to recovery is often to spend unbudgeted money. Internal project managers nominated for these projects are typically quite capable but are unfortunately stretched thin across the wide range of responsibilities. Physical restructuring is a discipline in and of itself, and simply may not be part of the existing team’s skill set.

While these projects tend to bring complications, they are also on the rise as companies re-evaluate the risks of the global supply chain and look for ways to regionalize. Automakers, for example, will be looking to consolidate in order to free up cash flow for electric vehicle development. Failing to execute these high-level strategic goals can lead to weeks of lost production and serious cash flow challenges.

Our Approach

Effective Strategies, Proven Methods.

As a corporate relocation company, Seraph has a proven track record of driving the rapid consolidation of complex operations across international boundaries. We look for strategies to improve the cost base at the new plant by optimizing production lines before they are relocated. Our support begins through the development of a network model and associated analyses to understand which facilities should be consolidated. Our support can begin once a clear strategy is defined. A key part of the process is reviewing the business case our clients have developed for the project, to ensure objectives can be attained.

Regardless of where we start, Seraph provides seasoned experts to work alongside the client’s team throughout the entire transfer lifespan. In our experience, politics often plays a role, and business cases frequently fail to capture the full-cost impact of either consolidation or operating expense at the new site. In parallel to the business case review, we work with client experts to understand the products and equipment being moved in order to develop a realistic management plan.

 

Relocation

Seraph has transferred hundreds of production lines without losing a single day’s supply to our clients’ customers. We’ve refined the 4-stage MOVE Methodology (Align, Plan, Execute, Close) which allows us to reliably support clients through successful relocations. We use a steering committee coupled with designated functional leaders to manage across horizontal process work streams and vertical product workstreams. This approach allows for the capture of essential tribal knowledge, which in turn allows us to tailor our strategy around the strengths of our client’s enterprise and the clarity of their vision.

Our corporate relocation services support:

• Manufacturing plant moves
• Manufacturing line moves
• Tool moves
• Supply chain regionalization

 

Consolidation

Closing a facility is never an easy decision. As the announcement makes its way through the workforce, the operational challenge intensifies. Even with careful planning and transparent communication, there will be surprises. We work with our client’s management teams on the shop floor to address issues as they arise, keeping the project on track and realizing cost savings quickly. To retain talent as long as needed, we uncover ways to incentivize key positions to prepare equipment for the transition period. Seraph engagement managers have run our proven processes dozens of times to execute fast and efficient consolidations.

Transitions that Deliver Value

Getting Back on Course.

  • Clearly understand the underlying assumptions of the client’s business case.
  • Protect the client’s customers and reputation.
  • Execute on tight timelines.
  • Realize projected savings quickly.

READ HOW WE Delivered over $10 million in cost savings to a Private-Equity Medical Device company

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