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PRESS REVIEW
A More Cheaper Way Towards Casting Moulds
(Markt und Mittelstand, 12 / 2008)
Content:
The Fraunhofer Institute together with IFF Magdeburg present a method of manufacturing big casting moulds.
Thus, robots are milling the casting moulds directly out of a massive block. The same method can be used in manufacturing lost moulds. Summed up, the authors are acting on the presumption, that in case of manufacturing big casting moulds, the costs of the models can be reduced by 1/3.
The new method could be ready for production within one year.
The Small One’s Die Quietly
(Automobilwoche, 26th edition, 1st December 2008)
Content:
While the politicians are discussing about warranties for Opel, the first suppliers are insolvent. Vehicle manufacturers grasp towards self-help measures in order to save their suppliers.
Approximately 200 mostly middle-sized companies of the industry confederation sheet metal forming, which make 75 % of their turnover with the automobile industry are in a serious jeopardy.
Until the end of 2009, 50.000 jobs of German suppliers and manufacturers could be eliminated.
Holger Härter, finance director at Porsche, has announced supporting measures for its suppliers. This is possible, because Porsche is ready to prefer the financing of expensive materials for the vehicle production – this way, a liquidity cushion for the contract partners is being created.
The experience shows that companies which do not give up their offensive attitude emerge invigorated from a crisis.
Our Conclusion:
KW-Consulting-Group helps you to avoid the anxiety which can lead to the inability to act and to find paths which help you emerge invigorated from the crisis.
Smaller Cars for Audi
(Automobilwoche, 25th edition, 1st December 2008)
Content:
Mercedes-Benz decides against the 12-cylinder motor. This way, one of the biggest OEM’s is conducting another step towards downsizing motors.
Audi is massively thinking about installing smaller motors in bigger cars, too. This way it is imaginable to equip an Audi A8 with a 4-cylinder motor. This has effects on the entire foundry business which has technically orientated towards the manufacturing of high-premium class and peripheral aggregates.
The technological adjustment pressure in front of the massive increased environmental consciousness of clients and politicians, constrain the companies to change.
Our Conclusion:
KW-Consulting-Group would be pleased to assist you in this change process.
A Branche in Blind Flight
(Automobilwoche, 25th edition, 1st December 2008)
Content:
Massive production backlogs at the OEMs in the field of automotive and commercial vehicles of more than 40% are characterizing the current sector situation. Strikes on the buyer side as a result of incorrect model politics, liquidity shortages and incertitude on the consumer side aggravate additionally the backlog in machine distributions of passenger and commercial vehicles.
The current distribution crisis of the OEMs leads a lot of foundries and foundry groups to the edge of their subsistence by means of cashflow-shortages of partially 70% of the turnover backlogs.
Our Conclusion:
KW-Consulting-Group’s clients were partially able to strategically react against the crisis and thus, they could ensure their survival as a result of massive decreasing cost structures. The team of KW-Consulting Group would be pleased to support your company, too, in overcoming the current problems in the field of cost-cutting.
Optimized Machine Disposability Reduces Logistics and Warehouse Costs
(Das Industriemagazin, 49th edition, 1st December 2008)
Content:
Setup times mean production stagnancy. Their optimization causes not only time saving processes of partially more than 50%. A more often and faster setting-up leads also to reduced stocks and thus, to considerable savings in the field of logistics and warehouse costs. Different setup workshops prove these facts.
Getrag in Subsistence Misery
(Automobilwoche, 24th edition, 17th November 2008)
Content:
The gear constructor Getrag threatens to stumble over his high growth plans because the company has a high leverage. The chairman of the board wants to cut 380 jobs in Germany, i.e. approx. 13% of the personnel.
According to the worker representatives, especially the risky expansion to overseas has caused this situation.
Mercedes Focuses on New Economy Engine
(Automobilwoche, 23rd edition, 3rd November 2008)
Content:
The 4-cylinder diesel engine is stipulated for all lines starting with the A- and ending to the K-class. The new engine shall set benchmarks not only regarding performance and consumption, but it shall also bring savings on the cost side. The 4-cylinder engine comes into operation at the beginning within the C-class special model C 250 DCI Blue Efficiency.
Depending on the Manufacturers
(Automobilwoche, 23rd edition, 3rd November 2008)
Content:
The author underlines the fact that the automobile supplier hope towards strategical investments of the vehicle constructors. The current production reductions of the vehicle manufacturers worry the manager of the supplier industry. However, there is a small ray of hope because the access of the predominant middle-sized companies to the capital markets has not downgraded.
German Manufacturers in the USA Further on Downswing
(Automobilwoche, 21st edition, 6th October 2008)
Content:
In September, the German vehicle constructors have lost 17, 6% on the US-market compared to September 2007. The entire market decreased by 26, 6%. Only Daimler can present an increase of 8, 4% in the sales balance of the first nine months.
Mercedes Shortens Passenger Car Production
(Automobilwoche, 21st edition, 6th October 2008)
Content:
As a result of the strongly recessive demand, Mercedes-Benz will shorten the passenger car production for the next months by 35.000 vehicles. Insiders confirm the fact that the sales department has again adjusted the figures downwards. Thus, Mercedes stands with 80.000 units below the original plan together with the production reductions announced in the summer.
China Controls the Key Resources
(Automobilwoche, 21st edition, 6th October 2008)
Content:
The rare earth element metals are being used for catalysers and electrical engines and for manufacturing electrical and hybrid cars. These are being extracted exclusively in China. With a share of approx. 90% of the annual worldwide production of approx. 110.000 t, China is the dominant player of the rare earth element exhaustion.
Countdown for REACH: Do Not Miss The Advanced Registration!
(Bayerisch-Schwäbische Wirtschaft, 10/2008)
Content:
REACH means Registration, Evaluation, and Authorisation of Chemicals. With this EU-regulation, the chemical legislation shall be centralized and simplified Europe-wide. The advanced registration at the European Chemical Agency has started. The one who misses the 6-months deadline does not have to worry. The client who does not have a supplier for the beginning of 2009 does not have to worry, either. Thus, fully attention is offered for manufacturers, importers and user of chemicals.
The Great Engine Extinction
(Automobilwoche, 20th edition, 22nd September 2008)
Content:
The article is about the extinction of big engines. 8- and 12-cylinder engines as phase-out models, electrical engines as transition vehicles and fuel cells as future engines – downsizing is the favour of the hour. Taken these facts into account, foundries are massively constrained to question the capacities.
Our Conclusion:
KW-Consulting-Group is pleased to assist you as a potential partner of this subject matter. Act now, to be able to produce on a long-term basis. Contact us now!
Daimler Swears on Hybrid Technology
(Automobilwoche, 20th edition, 22nd September 2008)
Content:
Daimler commercial vehicles want to become precursors regarding alternative engine technologies. Hybrid technology as a future option – developed by the Japanese competence center FUSO.
Future Engine is Manufactured in Series
(Handelsblatt, 29th /30th /31st August 2008)
Content:
As a first automobile constructor, the Japanese manufacturer Honda has started the production of fuel cell automobiles in a small series. Nevertheless, the Honda-project is like a big field trial because the manufacturing costs for a mass production are too high. Honda is acting on the presumption that they can bring on the market a competitive fuel cell automobile for approx. 60.000 € only in 2020.
KS Pierburg Is Developing System Competence
(Automobilwoche, 18th edition, 25th August 2008)
Content:
To ensure further growth, the Kolbenschmidt Pierburg – group relies on a series of new products for motor technology and electronics in 2008, as for example: new exhaust flaps, exhaust recuperation, pump concepts and extremely light materials.
For 2008, the Kolbenschmidt Pierburg – group counts on a moderate organic growth of 3% regarding the turnover and with an earning improvement.
To Cast Light and Precise
(Unternehmen Region, 2nd edition /2008)
Content:
The growth cores "AL-CAST" in Harzgerode and "Precision Cast" in Leipzig are facilitating the CO2 –savings for the automobile industry. 2 new aluminium alloys have been developed which are much more stable and lighter as before – even at temperatures over 200 degrees Celsius. The alloys shall be used as local fortifications in cylinder-crankcases of motor vehicle engines – here, they will reduce the weight and the friction.
Growing Appeal of Euroguss 2008 Draws Record Attendance
(Cast Metal & Diecasting Times, July/August 2008)
Content:
The article reports about the Euroguss Fair 2008 in Nuremberg which was the ideal venue for KW-Consulting- Group. On this occasion, the company informed its visitors from the die casting industry of its role as an industrial branch-focussed consultancy group.
40 high-specialised industrial consultants are provided from a single source - thus, the company is presenting a potent network of experienced professionals within an extremely close-knit organisation. E.g., a client's original business plan is exceeded by a 2-digit percentage by a professional interim management offered by KW-Consulting-Group.
Thanks to KW-Consulting-Group's creative and innovative problem solving, the clients frequently save over 15 % of the capital injection.
Our Conclusion:
If your company is also intending to improve processes, logistics, technologies, products and services, do not hesitate to contact KW-Consulting-Group for a professional guidance in the direction of cost, technology and innovation leadership.
Volkswagen is Selling More Automobiles in China than in Germany
(Die Welt, 15th April 2008)
Content:
Volkswagen - Europe's biggest automobile group - has sold 1, 57 million automobiles to the worldwide clientele from January to March 2008. According to VW, this was 7 % more than before the one-year period. For the first time, Germany has been outplayed by China as biggest business market.
The sales were increased by 23, 3 % in Brazil, the third biggest market of the company. In Russia and India, the group achieved high growth rates with a delivery asset of respectively more than 45 %.
The deliveries decreased by 0,7 % in the US and in Western Europe, approximately 772.000 automobiles ( VW, Audi, Skoda, Seat, Lamborghini and VW-commercial automobiles) have been delivered.
Thus, the automobile manufacturer is achieving a record turnover within the first quarter.
Romania - The Hands-Down Favourite
(Automobilwoche 4, 11th February 2008)
Content:
Romania is being favourised by Mercedes during its search for an additional production location for the follow-up generation of the A- and B-class. According to insiders, the balance tends to incline in the Romanian direction, although Poland is also being analysed as an alternative. The most current issue at Mercedes regards the decision on the future product concept and the potential locations. Labour costs of approx. 3, 23 €/ hour speak for Romania. Poland is already as an automobile location established, whereas Romania could be especially motivated to settle this industry.
Our Conclusion:
Should you also be interested in a location within Romania, then KW-Consulting-Group is the right partner for you, as we have accomplished the elicitation of a location within Romania for the presently biggest and most modern Aluminium foundry for motor blocks, which is still under construction.
International Resource Prices Are 2008 Further On a High Stage
(Giesserei Praxis, 1-2 / 2008)
Content:
The prices for energetical and metalic resources will be moving further on a high stage, in view of the high demand, especially within Asia's growth regions. A differentiated development is shown in detail: while the prices for crude oil are peaking further on - especially against the background of the political tensions within the Near East - a slight tension release is indicated with gas. The previous price backlogs at the important metals - aluminium and nickel - have considerably fallen below. However, there is to be counted on a price backlog for copper only within 2008. Presently, the steel prices are moving on a stable level, except stainless steel, whose prices are tending downwards.
BMW Increases the Pressure on the Contractors
(Automobilwoche, 26th edition, 17th December 2007)
Content:
BMW increases the pressure on the contractors in the field of acquisition management, to boost the profit margin from 8 % to about 10 %, also by the retrenchment of a total of 6 billion €. The contractors are to bear the biggest part of the costs. For this, a special new executive position has been filled by Mr Herbert Diess within BMW. Similar is heard also within Mercedes, who wants to lower the material costs by more than 2 billion € within the CORE-programme until 2010.
Our Conclusion:
Thereby, the pressure of the OEMs continues to increase on your contractor group. We would be pleased to assist you together with our team of specialists at the discussion regarding available potentials and their development.
Renault Speeds into Russia via Avtovaz
(Wall Street Journal, 10th December 2007)
Content:
The author describes the 25 % takeover deal by the French OEM, who thus continues to increase rapidly.
German Automobile Market Collapses
(Handelsblatt, No 235, 6th December 2007)
Content:
The author describes the drastic decline of the sales figures in case of passenger cars in Germany. In 2006, the lowest domestic value since the reunification was reached, with marginal 3, 5 million vehicles. The fact that the German automobile plants operate at their full capacity - with a production figure of 5, 7 million passenger cars - is only explainable by the sustained export. Thus, it is to be reckoned that the pressure of the motorists to shift production volumes abroad will increase, in order to thus control especially the factor costs transportation and remuneration.
Our Conclusion:
In order for your company to be ideally placed in front of this strategic development, the experts of the KW- Consulting-Group are at your disposal at any time with individually developed strategic concepts.
Ride on a Razor Blade
(Automobilwoche, 24th edition, 19th November 2007)
Content:
The author visualizes the price pressure in the European contractor industry by means of selected component fields and outlines the expected average price reductions per year. At the top of the expected price reductions, there are especially aluminium wheels and kinematic parts in the interior with an average price decline of 4 % per year. High performance components like turbo-supercharger components come off better with an expected price decline of 1 % per year.
Our Conclusion:
Benefit from your reserves by the assignment of our teams before that your company is trapped in the classic turnover reduction and the cost increase factor scissors.
Automobile Market Germany
(Automobilwoche, 24th edition, 19th November 2007)
Content:
From the background of the different forms of passenger cars, the author brings forward the argument of the drastic sale slumps of -8 % in the January-September 2007 time period, whereas September alone holds the negative record with -11 %. According to this, especially compact cars, luxury cars and vans with over double-digit recurrent registration numbers cannot be or are very difficult to be sold within Germany. The winners of this trend are thus especially sport cars (+ 45 %) and off-road vehicles (+4 %).
Thus, the article reflects the new lifestyle comprehension of the contemporary potential buyer structures.
Daimler Forecasts a Longer Recession for Heavy Goods Vehicles
(Handelsblatt, No 219, 13th November 2007)
Content:
The author discusses the expectations that before the second quarter in 2008 there should not be reckoned with a considerable increase in turnover in the heavy goods vehicle sector, stating as background the current recession in turnover on the US-market for heavy goods vehicles. Yield targets and alternative impulse and energy concepts are being discussed upon in the same article.
Belte-Subsidiary Takes Over Huth & Gaddum
(Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, WVE_1 No 260, 8th November 2007)
Content:
The market leader in the field of innovative heath treatment technologies Belte AG enters the field of non-automotive foundry activity by the takeover of the insolvent traditional company Huth & Gaddum. Thus, Belte AG continues to prove its loyalty to Germany as a location of industry and commerce and disposes of the production processes aluminium - sand casting, aluminium - die cast and low pressure casting - aluminium as well as heavy metal - sand casting. Thus, Belte AG is to be capable of offering besides the development of heath treatment, also the development of cast prototypes linked with innovative heath treatment an innovative material development.
The Plastic Percentage Within Automobiles Increases
(Automobilwoche, 23rd edition, 5th November 2007)
Content:
The author describes that it is to be acted on the assumption that within the next 5-10 years, an increase of the plastic percentage within automobiles is to be reckoned with. This is mentioned especially by taking the background of newly developed polyamides into account, which possess stable characteristics with temperatures beyond 200°C. Thus, new compartments open up within the motor to plastic, which nowadays are not available to the manufacturer. A bigger liberty in design vis-á-vis aluminium and a weight reduction of 50 % vis-á-vis steel are expected from the development, as far as considerable cost benefits arise from a series volume of up to 100.000 vehicles per year. Meaning, that in case of market stagnancy in the automobile sector or a diminution in case of overcapacity at aluminium casting producers - which at the same time persists globally -, it is to be reckoned with further concentrations, as a result of the slumps in production quantities which are linked to this development.
Our Conclusion:
The specialists of KW-International will optimally work out answers to the questions: could your company be affected by these facts and how - should the case may be - can you optimally be positioned for this.
Indians With an Unusual Strategy
(Automobilwoche, 23rd edition , 5th November 2007)
Content:
The article describes by means of selected Indian producers their approach at the purchase of German and English metal-processing and metal-manufacturing companies. Thus, the Indians buy systematically know-how and market and produce at the same time quantity in their plants. In contrast, the Chinese strategy is being presented, and its main strategic approach lies predominantly in the export.
These facts especially with the argumentation, that the production in China is considerably cheaper than in Europe.
In the end, both strategies result in the fact that the cost pressure on the companies which manufacture exclusively in Western Europe will increase considerably.
Our Conclusion:
The Krapohl-Wirth Foundry Consulting GmbH - teams offer you filed methods for the development of the potentials that are present within your company.
Mega-Fusion at ERZ
(Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, 2007)
Content:
BHP Billiton wants to take over Rio Tinto for 140 billion US-Dollar: new world market leader in mining-commodities increased the pressure on the steel groups.
PSA Shortens Product Cycles to 3 Years
(Automobilwoche, Ausgabe 20-24. Septembert 2007)
Content:
PSA announces to shorten the model development of new passenger cars to approx. 30 % from the year 2009 to only 3 years. The goal is to also reduce the fixed costs by 30 % with the help of a rapid model change, bigger construction diversities and smaller volumes.

Other OEMs will not be able to deny this development but then again the pressure on the suppliers increases in that direction, that follow-up orders must be generated more rapidly and with a simultaneous risk of losing follow-up orders.
Our Conclusion:
The KW-Consulting-Group helps suppliers to position themselves strategically even more optimal regarding this situation. In this respect, the slogans are: cutting of the setup time to less than one hour, minimization of the inventory towards zero and paperless process regulation instrument.
New Winner in Harbour Report
(Automobilwoche, 20th edition, 24th September 2007)
Content:
The survey documents large differences in the productivity of big European passenger car plants. In compact cars, Nissan, Ford and Toyota are on leading positions in Germany and England. In case of small cars, there are Ford, Nissan and Citroen in Germany, England and France.
Our Conclusion:
The KW-Consulting-Group helps you to equip your company in a way so that you will count Europe-widely and also globally to the leaders of your segment.
Outsourcing on Foreign Bench
(Automobilwoche, 20th edition, 24th September 2007)
Content:
The trend towards outsourcing of the OEMs is still uninterrupted. By the year 2010, the automobile manufacturers will allocate ¾ of their automobile orders. Therewith, the outsourcing of the OEMs will increase by other 10 % to 75 % of the total volume.
Our Conclusion:
The KW-International optimizes your market strategy. Changes from ongoing consumers to the consumers of the future are being ideally prepared. The necessities of the future consumers are being secured by means of appropriate tools in your company, so that self-living structures can develop and advance out of it.
Takeover Market Branches Out
(Handelsblatt 182, 20th September 2007)
Content:
The author narrates of the decline of the private equity activities as a result of a credit and with it a financial crisis which is globally suggested. The author counts on further drops within the next time period. Not only the private equity societies and founds are thereof affected but especially companies which have already been taken over and have to refund within their credit lines.
Our Conclusion:
The KW-Consulting-Group is available for affected companies for the global improvement of their solvency and of the companies' EBITs.
A Turning Point Towards Reasonability
(Automobilwoche, edition 2007)
Content:
The author is explaining to a continuously changing culture the onward increase of the meaning of the automobile as an expression of the self-ego. He deduces the extinction of the classic medium-class and explains the increasing trend towards sports utility vehicles (SUV) and with it the increasing trend towards small series even in case of the automobile field. As a result, there are even shortened developing periods and concerning the OEMs an even quicker model change is to be countered with. This is related with the risk of each subcontractor of not being able to generate follow-up orders within global sourcing strategies during the model change.
Our Conclusion:
The KW-Consulting-Group helps you with the ideal positioning of your company towards OEMs, TIER 1 and TIER 2.
Hydro-Aluminium Strengthens German Plant
(Handelsblatt 182, 20th September 2007)
Content:
The author explains the further upcoming investments amounting approx. € 2bn of the Norwegian conglomerate NORSK HYDRO until 2009. The goal of the group is to stabilize its current 5th place on the world scale and 3rd place in the processing field.
Our Conclusion:
Should you also be interested in readjusting your company globally and strategically, then we would be pleased if you would contact Krapohl-Wirth Foundry Consulting GmbH. We would like to improve your strategy and to successfully support you within mergers & acquisitions.
Elegant and Resilient
(Mobil Nr 6 2007, Fascination Steel - paper 12)
Content:
Increasing aluminium prices and new manufacturing and design possibilities help steel rims to an unexpected comeback. A nice example where product and design strongly lean against the development of the resource markets.
Our Conclusion:
Don't miss any trends. KW-International helps you now to powerfully position your company for tomorrow.
Europe's Suppliers Are in a Dead End
(Kurier, 11th January 2007)
Content:
The author gives MAGNA as an example and explains the changed strategy of the automobile groups vis-à-vis their suppliers towards the in-house increase of the value creation account of the suppliers. The resulting serious changes for MAGNA in the area of generating follow-up orders, personnel adjustment and result are being described.
Our Conclusion:
The KW-Consulting-Group and the KW-International GmbH help you pre-emptively at the upcoming changes from outside and inside. Professional concepts make your company more crisis-proof.
China - a Global Power
(Auto Touring 1/2007)
Content:
The author briefly narrates the fact that in the year 2006, China - being on the overtaking lane - has for the first time produced more cars than Germany.
China: 7 million passenger cars
Germany: 6 million passenger cars
If you don't want to also be made dependent, talk to us in time. We have the right answers, strategies and visions for the future.
Europe's Supplier is in a Dead End
(Kurier: 11.01.2007)
Content:
Automobile groups produce augmentedly on their own while more and more big assignment producers are being increasingly left behind. The report discusses the path of the OEMs in Europe and the US to smaller manufacture dimensions by means of an European assignment producer. It also shows the way for the assignment producers to niche products or alternative markets as e.g. Asia.
If you not only intend to watch this development but also to actively create it or even be a driving-force, than we would be pleased to help you in giving your company an excellent future position.
Russia Forges Giants Made out of Aluminium
(Handelsblatt Nr.195)
Content:
The Russian groups Rusal and Sual merge with the Swiss resource trader Glencore to the world's biggest aluminium producer.
The world's biggest aluminium producers are:
Rusal/Sual: 3,76 million tons
Alcoa: 3,55 million tons
Alcan: 3,42 million tons
BHP Billiton: 1,30 million tons
Heavy Goods Vehicle Sector Grows Strongly by the Year 2015
(Handelsblatt Nr. 182)
Content:
The sector expects a growth of over 27% especially in the Indian, Chinese and Eastern European markets.
Toyota Counts on Earning Increase
(Handelsblatt Nr. 182)
Content:
The car producer and current sector ruler counts with an earning increase of over 32% compared to earlier forecasts.
Should you be interested to advance to a company of "operation excellent"-standard then don't hesitate in asking us. We will show you the way and join you on that way.
When will India Become a Second China?
(Automobilwoche, 25th September 2006, 13th October 2006)
Content:
The current dispersion of the OEMs in India is being showed. Concomitant, it is being discussed over the fact that the OEMs are thinking about direct investments of approx. 40 billion US-Dollars during the next 10 years.
Should you have a strategic interest in India then don't hesitate in asking us. We would be pleased to help you in realizing your strategies or creating your on-site fabrications more profitably.
The Construction of the Second Car City in Changchun, China
(Handelsblatt, 2nd January 2006)
Content:
The industrial metropolis Changchun plans on building a car development park with an adjacent car city.
The World's Biggest Harbour-Group Comes into Existence
(Handelsblatt, 2nd January 2006)
Content:
Singapore operating company intends to buy British P&O.