McKinsey: Top 10 digitally smart manufacturing consultants
As a leading player in consulting, McKinsey guides its clients through the design and implementation of operational strategies that will be resilient, while creating agility and a product portfolio that is commercially and operationally optimised. An interdisciplinary approach - drawing insights from commercial, marketing, IT and digital and product design - this helps clients to unlock next-level productivity gains.
Through McKinsey’s Manufacturing and Supply Chain:
Take a holistic approach to transformation to capture end-to-end value
McKinsey shows its clients how to drive the next S-curve to discover value that is hidden at the intersection of functions - even well-performing ones. More than digitising operations, McKinsey leverages digital and analytics to fundamentally transform innovative manufacturing and supply chain operations.
Transform manufacturing processes for better productivity
McKinsey empowers organisations to significantly increase both productivity and effectiveness of core processes through offerings that encompass everything from digital diagnostics to plant transformations, order management, asset productivity, predictive maintenance, resource-production manufacturing and lean warehousing.
Boost operational health by identifying skill gaps and building capabilities
Successful manufacturing requires a sweeping upgrade of skills and capabilities, as manufacturers compete with new and agile “digitally native” competitors. McKinsey partners with its clients to create foundational enablers and develops skills through capability building to create rapid and sustained impact.
Create a quality culture to establish a competitive advantage
McKinsey allows its clients to consistently meet and exceed customer expectations at all touchpoints through benchmarking, developing quality and compliance strategies, and remediation services across the entire value chain and product life cycle.
Leverage digital and autonomous supply chain opportunities
McKinsey helps its clients to embrace the opportunity of supply chain 4.0 by introducing IoT, robotics and analytics - which results in a system that enables organisations to react quickly and improve both company performance and customer satisfaction. This digitally connected ecosystem and real-time visibility helps in the removal of silos across the supply chain function, meaning lower costs, smaller inventories and fewer lost sales.
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Timeline: Tesla's Construction of Gigafactories
Tesla's mission to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy
Founded in 2003, Tesla was established by a group of engineers with a drive to "prove that people didn’t need to compromise to drive electric – that electric vehicles can be better, quicker and more fun to drive than gasoline cars." Almost 20 years on, Tesla today is not only manufacturing all electric vehicles, but scaleable clean energy generation and storage too.
"Tesla believes the faster the world stops relying on fossil fuels and moves towards a zero-emission future, the better," says Tesla. "Electric cars, batteries, and renewable energy generation and storage already exist independently, but when combined, they become even more powerful – that’s the future we want. "
In order to deliver on its promise of "accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy through increasingly affordable electric vehicles and energy products," Tesla's Gigafactory journey began in 2014 to meet its produciton goals of 500,000 cars per year (a figure which would require the entire worlds supply of lithium-ion batteries at the time).
By ramping up its production and bringing it in-house, the cost of Tesla 's battery cells declined "through economies of scale, innovative manufacturing, reduction of waste, and the simple optimisation of locating most manufacturing processes under one roof." With this reduction in battery cost, "Tesla can make products available to more and more people, allowing us to make the biggest possible impact on transitioning the world to sustainable energy."
2014: Giga Nevada and Giga New York begin construction
Born out of necessity to meet its own supply demand for sustainable energy, Tesla began the construction of its first Gigafactory in June 2014, in Reno, Nevada, followed by its Buffalo, New York facility the same year. "By bringing cell production in-house, Tesla manufactures batteries at the volumes required to meet production goals, while creating thousands of jobs," said Tesla.
2016: Reno, Nevada grand opening
Tesla’s construction of Giga Nevada came to an end in 2016, the first of its Gigafactories to complete its construction project. The factory’s grand opening took place in July 2016, and by mid-2018 reached an annual battery production rate of 20 GWh, which made it the highest-volume battery plant in the world that year.
2017: Giga New York begins production
Two years after Tesla’s second Gigafactory began construction, Giga New York was complete, and started its production operations in 2017.
2019: Giga Shanghai construction to production in record time
In 2019, Tesla selected Shanghai as its third Gigafactory location. The company constructed the factory in record time, taking just 168 working days from gaining permits to finishing the plant's construction.
2019: Giga Berlin begins construction
Announced in November 2019, Tesla began the construction of its first European Gigafactory in Berlin. The Gigafactory is still under construction.
2020: Giga Texas begins construction
The following year in August 2020, Tesla began the construction of its Giga Texas factory. The company’s third Gigafactory in the US is still under construction.
2021: Giga Texas and Giga Berlin expected completion of construction
Looking to the future, Tesla expects to complete the construction of its Giga Texas and Giga Berlin factories in May 2021 and July 2021 respectively.