Procurement for the Industrial Manufacturing Industry

A well run, proactive procurement organization working closely with other functional areas in the business and third-party suppliers can help drive significant benefits that materially impact the company's profitability and cash cycle, and thus, the overall return on investment.

For many manufacturing CFOs, procurement is a missed opportunity. Executives are often concerned about linking sourcing success to financial business outcomes, such as operating profit and working capital -- unsure of the proper systems and processes to create this linkage -- and this applies inertia to procurement innovation efforts. Further, financial executives tend to look at categories of spend individually, such as raw materials, machinery, plant/facility services, utilities, and MRO. Executives rarely see the magnitude of overall spend that these categories represent, but when added together, these categories often amount to between several to hundreds of millions of dollars, depending on the size of the organization.

Once the potential for savings is realized, manufacturing companies must assess where their most significant investments are made and how the procurement function can be of benefit to each category. Manufacturers generally make a substantial investment in machinery, equipment, and facilities. The next most substantial expenditure is commonly in inventories: raw materials, subassemblies, work-in-process, finished goods, MRO and consumables.

EquipUp can make a significantly positive impact to the level and quality of inventories that will result in lower investment requirements, more efficient production, better utilization of factory floor space, and better service and product to the customers -- in other words, affecting the entire production and cash cycles.

Direct Materials &Equipment
Castings and forgings
Fabricated products
Heavy equipment
Pressure vessels
Conveyors belts
Stackers and reclaimer
Sheet metal components
Process chemicals and solvents
Turbines, pumps, and compressors
Reactors and pressure vessels
Electronic components
Electrical components
Material handling equipment
Energy (electricity, oil, and gases)
Capital machinery & equipment
Process automation and control equipment
Construction and building materials
Packaging materials
Heat exchangers, boilers, and cooling towers
Waste management
Motors and drives
Packaging materials
Indirect Spend
Facility Management Services
Facility Equipment and Supplies
Corporate Services
Professional Services
Travel and Entertainment
Telecom and Networking
IT Services
Office Supplies and Equipment
Computers & Peripherals
Logistics and Transportation

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