Our experience includes working on many different trouble-shooting assignments to
reduce risk, reduce cost, or solve specific problems; here are just a few examples.
Providing investor advice
Technical due diligence assessments of two target companies on behalf of an acquirer,
in particular for their development and manufacturing capabilities and their fit
with each other. Also making recommendations for post-acquisition improvements.
This work reduced risk for the acquirer; both companies were successfully acquired
and made a growing contribution to his group.
Preparing a company for sale
Assessment of a communications product manufacturer’s development and manufacturing
capability on behalf of its bank. The company was looking to be sold but had weaknesses
that reduced its market attractiveness. Having identified the root causes of its
problems, devising an action plan and leading a change programme, following which
a trade sale on favourable terms was secured.
Improving customer satisfaction
Putting in place a major remedial programme with key suppliers, and adding extra
processes, preventive measures and inspection steps, for an equipment manufacturer
that had major quality problems with two key suppliers. (The resultant early life
failures were mostly affecting one major customer who threatened to return all units
and stop doing business with the company.)
Also making changes to the product to improve robustness, and taking every unit through
thorough bump and vibration screening. As a result, the early life failure rate was
improved by a factor of six and the customer was satisfied.
Reducing manufacturing risk
Devising and putting in place processes and systems for part numbering, control and
multi-sourcing in a rapidly growing OEM that was having increasing problems with
material control which let to mistakes when buying parts and building products. As
a result, purchasing and prototype building became more efficient and the interface
with manufacturers was more effective which reduced the risk of errors.
Supporting a legal claim
Providing the technical and project management advice within a team that was helping
a client pursue a multi-million pound claim against a negligent supplier; the claim
was settled on very satisfactory terms for the client.
Conforming with EU Directives
Devising strategies and putting plans in place for conforming to the new European
Directives on waste (WEEE) and hazardous materials (RoHS, the ‘lead-free’ directive)
in a low cost, low risk way.