Consulting Product & Service Development

In almost all innovation-driven industrial companies, research and development (R&D) is an area of outstanding strategic importance. This is where the values that determine long-term profitability, competitive differentiation and crisis resistance are created. At the same time, the R&D process harbours enormous risks: failed developments, time losses, coordination problems and lack of transparency, inadequate cooperation with partners in the value chain and quality problems can bring even global corporations into difficulties. The relevance, but also the structural, organisational and cultural characteristics as well as the high complexity of R&D activities, therefore require a cautious and sound approach.  

Our consultants at ROI-EFESO support companies in designing lean and effective research and development systems with a pragmatic, multidisciplinary and content-based approach. With practice-proven approaches, methods and instruments, we are able to quickly identify potentials and formulate improvement measures: whether it’s to save development and product costs, reduce throughput times in development or increase product quality. In doing so, we accompany the entire process from conception via piloting to the roll-out of R&D systems or customisation programmes. Our range of research & development services includes: 

  • Strategy: R&D strategy, product strategy, technology strategy, global R&D footprint
  • Engineering: Excellence models, lean development, innovation management, product development process (PDP), industrialisation, supplier integration, product life cycle management (PLM)
  • R&D organisation: Agile development, multi-project management, platform management, product management
  • Product: Product portfolio management, complexity management, variant management, standardisation, cost engineering, value analysis (VAVE)
  • Digitisation:  Industry 4.0 maturity scan, Industry 4.0 benchmarking, Industry 4.0 strategy roadmap, development of smart products 
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Case Study

Transformation through smart product development. A job for the "I-Team": A strong development team at a manufacturer of household appliances recorded solid success. But now customers want to network kitchen appliances, refrigerators and mixers in the “smart home”. ROI-EFESO established an "I-Team" with the fresh perspective of "digital natives" and accompanied the internal change with great success.

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Case Study

In a pharmaceutical company that has established itself at the forefront of the industry with an extensive portfolio of hospital and medicinal products. Over the years, topics such as structures and process standards have fallen out of focus. With the support of ROI-EFESO, the company reacted quickly and created a concrete action plan for its worldwide product lifecycle management (PLM) in just nine months.

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Case Study

Innovation impulses for lighting designers. The LED revolution has made many business models obsolete, while the wave of digitization and the associated technological change have increased the pace of change by a factor of X. To keep pace here, agile working methods are necessary not only in manufacturing, but also in R&D. Lean methods can prove particularly helpful - but can they be transferred 1:1 from manufacturing to development?

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Case Study

Shaping the factory of the future with Lean 4.0. How can lean principles be combined with the technologies and possibilities of networked digitization in value creation networks? By further qualifying employees to become decision-makers. The ROI-EFESO certification program for "Lean Digital Manager" shows how digitalization of lean production works. To do this, it combines strategies with Industry 4.0 technologies.

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Case Study

The energy market is data-driven, smart solutions determine the business model. In order to always be a step ahead of the competition, one thing is required: flexibility in thinking and acting. A utility company wanted to take the performance of its global R&D organization to a new level. In the first step, together with ROI-EFESO, it obtained a general overview of the respective degree of agilization of the various R&D units and processes.

Case Study

Cost transformation from premium to volume provider. Mass manufacturers who expand their product portfolio into higher price segments are not uncommon. A premium manufacturer of refrigeration appliances, on the other hand, takes the opposite approach. What seems banal from a technological point of view is an enormous challenge from a cost perspective. ROI-EFESO accompanied the company in this demanding transformation project.

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Case Study

To MDR-compliant product lifecycle management in nine months. Adhesive plasters, care sets or surgical supplies: with a portfolio of around 40,000 items, the company is one of the leading providers of medical and hygiene products. Own sales companies and production sites in and outside of Europe contribute significantly to the success. The companies act independently and markets are served on a customer-specific basis.

Portfolio-Kompass für Zukunftssicherheit
Case Study

On course for growth with innovative strength and customer proximity. A medical technology manufacturer has successfully positioned itself internationally as a market leader. With thousands of products, the Group offers a varied portfolio worldwide and thus covers a wide range of applications. However, in the innovation-driven and dynamically growing medical technology market, portfolio size alone is no guarantee of future security and growth.

Case Study

The second largest seaport in the EU is realigning its positioning with ROI-EFESO as a 'community builder'. This port of Antwerp-Bruges has to face several challenges at the same time: In an increasingly competitive and unstable international market, it is always a question of ensuring further growth - while being able to react to the growing influence of different interest groups. In addition, there were congestion problems during the project period.