Interim Management

Univar Solutions realizes savings on transport and transport management

Univar Solutions is a leading global distributor of chemicals and ingredients and a supplier of value-added services to customers in a wide range of industries. Univar Solutions has an extensive network of locations from which customers are served. As a distributor, transportation is an important part of the company’s cost base.

Exploiting economies of scale is an important pillar for Univar Solutions to continuously improve competitiveness. In order to give an extra impulse to improving transport efficiencies, a program consisting of a number of projects has been defined to drive substantial cost savings.

Univar Solutions has called on the help of an interim professional from Involvation to oversee the implementation of the program, to ensure that the intended savings are realized.

Transition to Flora Food Group

On December 2017, the Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever, manufacturer of brands such as Dove, Magnum and Axe, announced its intention to sell its Spreads business to KKR, an American investment company. The new company, Flora Food Group, is currently setting up its new organisation with the utmost care, with new functions being filled with internal people as much as possible.

For the “Supply Chain Go to Market Lead” function for Central and Eastern Europe, an internal candidate could not be made available quickly enough though. From June onwards, Involvation IM therefore fulfils this Hamburg-based position on a temporary basis with one of its interim supply chain professionals. In addition to the responsibility for Demand Planning and Customer Service, the role includes supporting the transition to the new organization

Sabic needs expert support to optimize its supply planning process

Sabic is a global leader in various products, especially petrochemicals. In one of its business units, Sabic faces a very complex planning situation involving a large amount of products and intermediates.

In order to stay in control of not only promises made to customers but also capacity utilization, it is necessary to fully integrate all the planning stages, from the short-term scheduled production through to the 18-month tactical planning horizon.

In this highly automated planning environment Sabic is dealing with the introduction of a new platform for ERP and basic planning, which has serious implications for Sabic’s deployment of its advanced planning tools. In order to get the required planning functionality up and running with the new platform, Sabic has asked Involvation to provide a Supply Planning expert with knowledge of specific planning tools.

Integration of BASF Industrial Coatings into AkzoNobel

In late 2015/early 2016, AkzoNobel announced its intention to acquire BASF Industrial Coatings. This BASF business unit comprises five segments: Coil Coatings, Foil Coatings, Wind (Energy) Coatings, General Industries and Commercial Transport. The takeover related to the (largely) worldwide distribution of the BASF Industrial Coatings products as well as to two manufacturing facilities plus a contract manufacturing agreement for the production of the range of BASF industrial coatings in plants in Germany, Argentina, Spain and Japan for a three-year period.

Involvation was asked to manage the supply chain-related activities in this process by providing a workstream lead and any additional resources as necessary.

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