- Application Infrastructure & Middleware - Database Management & Storage
- Logistics & Transportation
- Supply Chain Visibility
- Data Science Services
Supporting a global supply chain
Kitron has high growth targets, with a goal of a 30% increase in revenue. As the company is working with high complexity products with low volume production, this converts to a focus on supply chain, flexibility to change, security, and, of course, efficiency. Production is their core business with one of the best assembly capabilities in the business. Finding the best suppliers is also a key priority.
After having standardized their operations around IFS in 2009, one of the most important elements after implementation was to show results. The board was clear that they wanted to see a return on investment. A team, in the form of a Solution Competence Centre, was set up to assure results and continuous improvements.
Kitron is a leading Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) company with operations in Norway, Sweden, Lithuania, Germany, Poland, China, and USA. The company was established in the early 1960’s in Arendal, Norway. Kitron’s head office is now in Asker, Norway. Kitron has 1700 employees deployed in six different countries in Europe, Asia, and the US.
Smarter material planning
Now Kitron is using IFS for supply chain, integrations, configurations, and demand-driven material requirement planning (MRP), which has the potential to reduce inventory by 40 percent and lead times by 80 percent. MRP enables the manufacturers to access an interface of their current parts and see the parts highlighted in red that needs to be reordered. Resulting in a more agile supply chain management.
Competence is also their biggest cost, along with materials, making the right investments to keep a high rate of innovation, is increasingly important. Recently Kitron acquired four new ABB Yumy automated robots for their Swedish factory, in addition to their autonomous production line in Lithuania.
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