Amplifier for Industry Champions

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Altix Consulting partners with middle-market B-to-B industrial champions. Altix empowers you and your team with the competitive edge you need – providing the business strategy, innovation, and operational excellence support you need to perform at the highest level, on a global scale. Our in-country, multi-lingual and seasoned business advisors are experienced working in multi-cultural environments. You need experienced partners at your side. Altix brings decades of experience successfully designing and implementing projects in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Our team of industry veterans can help you and your team deploy game-changing innovative solutions through proven and time-tested methods. Altix, amplifier for industry champions.

Altix Expands to Asia

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Altix is delighted to welcome Dr. Hong Zhou as a Strategic Partner based in Shanghai, China. Dr. Zhou and Altix President & CEO Yannick Schilly share a long friendship and successful collaboration, working together in China to establish the Asian operations and supply chain for a German Mittelstand company.

Dr. Hong Zhou joins Altix as a senior strategic advisor and senior global executive, with more than 30 years’ experience developing and leading global operations and supply chain in advanced manufacturing.

Dr. Zhou brings an exceptional network, valuable knowledge and proven results to industry champions seeking to establish and grow their international footprint in Asia. 

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New Partner Firm in Scandinavia

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Cincinnati & Vaasa Finland, July 1st 2020 – Altix Consulting Inc, a Greater Cincinnati, USA based boutique consulting firm specialized in strategy and operation for international manufacturing champions, is proud to announce its partnership with Oy YBAS Ab, a Vaasa Finland, based boutique consulting firm specialized in international market entry and development for middle market Nordic companies.

Jan Backman, Board Member and Managing Partner of Oy YBAS Ab and Anne Cappel, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Altix Consulting have a history of successful collaboration, supporting Nordic companies plan and execute North American market entry strategies. 

The Altix Consulting and YBAS partnership offers middle-market companies from both sides of the Atlantic a coordinated and seamless experience in the planning and execution of their international market entry and expansion projects.  In country, multi-lingual and seasoned business advisors, experienced working in multi-cultural environments, bring knowledge and robust business networks to help accelerate international market entry projects while reducing the risks associated with international expansions.

“Altix Consulting and YBAS is the perfect partnership for Nordic companies to successfully and cost effectively establish business ventures in North America and other large markets, and is a breakthrough partnership for YBAS Nordic clients. Thousands of Nordic mid-cap companies, 50-300 million euro turnover, have unique technology to grow and compete in North America, but the entry barrier is often too high and the North American market too distant for companies to do it alone.  Altix Consulting brings the knowledge and the tools to lower those entry barriers and shorten the distance to market considerably for Nordic companies. While YBAS offer the local knowledge and experience” says YBAS Principal, Jan Backman.

ALTIX –  YBAS News Release – 2020  


Webinar on Corporate Fitness

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Altix is honored to participate in a webinar presented by Modula Inc. CEO Antonio Pagano to discuss corporate fitness and agility.  
Please us on August 29th to learn how manufacturers grapple with disruptions from Covid, and how they can modify their operations to allow for quick course correction and unforeseen circumstances.

Altix Leads International Panel

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Altix is honored to partner with Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati and European American Chamber of Commerce – Cincinnati as the Presenting Sponsor of an international industry panel on Global Trends in Industry – Resetting the Architecture of Industrial Business Systems with Yannick Schilly moderating an impressive panel of industry leaders Antonio Pagano Modula USA, Beau Easton Meyer Tool, Inc.Ryan Richey CPA, CGMA Yaskawa Motoman.

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Altix Welcomes New Partner

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Altix is proud to announce that Corporate Development expert Thorsten Schroeder has joined the Altix team as a Senior Advisor and Consulting Partner.
Thorsten brings more than 25 years’ experience working for multinational companies.  As a senior management executive for large and midsize companies, Thorsten lead and implemented strategic initiatives, efficiency improvements, SG&A management, and commercial excellence with privately held, public and private equity ownerships.

Lean Management Digital Training

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Many companies, experiencing tremendous growth during the fast-paced economic recovery of the 2008 financial crisis, now realize that they have been operating sub-optimally in times of abundance.  As world economies stall, and production activities remain low, now is the time to evaluate the strength of the organization’s fundamentals and lead radical change if necessary.

Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste

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“Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste”  –  Preparing now for a post-crisis competitive ramp-up

Liam Cassidy, Altix Partner Dublin / Ireland
Christian Leonhard, Altix Partner Frankfurt / Germany

In a span of a few months, the Corona virus has spread around the globe like wildfire, bringing world economies to a screeching halt, forcing people to hunker down in their homes and workplaces.  This global crisis has dominated our lives in ways that are unprecedented in peace time.

For business leaders and senior managers, the COVID19 global crisis has undoubtedly added a new level of complexity to their already challenging roles. Instinctively, in time of crisis we tend to look back in search of similar experiences to provide us valuable insights and guidance in handling the situation at hand.  However today, we feel disoriented, at a loss, and hard-pressed to find, in our lifetime, any precedence for such worldwide pandemic.

But is that really the case?

It was only 12 years ago, that most of us experienced the full impact of the financial crisis of 2008/09.  While a different kind of crisis, we also faced a global economic melt-down and experienced a similar feeling of helplessness, forcing us to navigate in uncharted territory.  At the time, pessimists suggested that the crisis would last for years and that the world would never be the same afterwards. Many countries’ economies imploded, riddled with huge debts. Governments implemented austerity measures that economists felt would curtail consumer spending.  Fear about the future permeated every aspect and level of society.

However, by 2010 the global economy recovered and launched into a record period of economic growth and prosperity. Companies, whose leaders had the vision to use the slowdown of business activities to drive real and radical change, reaped the benefits of their strategy, rapidly growing post-crisis, expanding their market share and beating the competition.   Companies which had solely focused on managing the crisis and had cut back too aggressively on headcount, inventory and investments fell behind as they faced great difficulties ramping up quickly and fulfilling customer’s demands.

Let it be clear, the corona pandemic of 2020 is not the financial crisis of 2008. The financial crisis was a foreseeable man-made event.  The COVID19 pandemic appears to be more likely a caprice of nature catching everyone by surprise, as if overnight someone put the world’s economy “on pause”. Today, faced with extreme levels of uncertainty most leaders are operating in survival mode.  Company GM’s and senior managers are busy monitoring their cash flow, winding down the operation, setting up remote work infrastructure, fixing broken supply chains, replacing key personnel missing due to corona …. and so on.

However, it is now, in the middle of the crisis that we need make time to plan our post-crisis strategy.  For there is one thing we can be certain of.  When medication or vaccines become available it will send a clear signal that the crisis is being brought under control.  Economies around the world will restart and businesses will need to be ready to reopen and operate at full speed to meet market demand.

Churchill famously said: “Never let a good crisis go to waste”.

As strange as it may sound, dire times can be the spark that ignites changes companies needed for quite some time but never got around to initiate.  The coronavirus pandemic crisis is one of those sparks that can lead to much needed changes and transformations.

Many companies, experiencing tremendous growth during the fast-paced economic recovery of the 2008 financial crisis, now realize that they have been operating sub-optimally in times of abundance.  Burning platforms, ignored for too long, can serve as a catalyst for significant changes.  Let us challenge ourselves with the following questions:

  • Do we apply Lean principles & practices in our organization?
  • Is our Supply Chain robust enough for future growth?
  • Do we have agile and flexible suppliers that can react quickly to our demand?
  • Do we have the know-how and the expertise to further grow our business?
  • Do we have an engaged and enthusiastic workforce that welcomes and embraces change?
  • Is the philosophy of Continuous Improvement practiced by our workforce at every level in our organization?

“Every problem is an opportunity”, but too often it takes time to realize the opportunity and to act accordingly. As world economies stall, and production activities remain low, now is the time to evaluate the strength of the organization’s fundamentals and lead radical change if necessary.  When the economies restart, companies will be under immediate pressure to fulfill customer orders. Leaders who will have taken advantage of the crisis to improve or retool their organizations will leave their competitors in the dust.

You do not have to face this crisis alone.  This is a time of opportunity and Altix partners are ready to support you, bringing you and your team’s decades of operational experience, a wealth of expertise and resilience and a pragmatic attitude to help you navigate through this crisis and on to a bright and successful future.

In our successful careers across many countries and continents, we have encountered all kinds of exciting opportunities as well as our fair share of challenges.  In addition to leading companies and corporate functions during the recent financial crisis of 2008/09, we have:

  • Faced and recovered from highly destructive events like tornadoes, snow-storms, flooding, fires, civil wars…
  • Experienced many new factories start- ups, site transfers and closures
  • Launched and phased out thousands of products
  • Operated in high labor and highly automated environments and many somewhere in the middle
  • Turned around factories that were set for closure converting them into benchmark sites
  • Led and been part of many mergers & acquisitions and experienced the excitement, disappointments, highs and lows, culture challenges and emotional roller coasters that comes with those

Our core principles in leading a transformation rely on Lean Thinking and Practices. With decades of successful lean implementations in large global organizations, we have learned the hard way what works and what does not.   We bring industry leaders and their teams our proven records both in high and low-cost environment across North America, Europe and Asia.  We are proud to share one of our many success stories as documented by the Lean Enterprise Institute [in the attached paper].

We bring best practices from world-class global companies to the middle-market industry champions.  We lead successful, sustainable transformations by teaching your most valuable asset your workforce, the philosophy of Continuous Improvement and Design.  We help teams understand and implement best practices from the Lean Toolbox, ensuring that employees will work more effectively and safely.

In today’s COVID19 health crisis environment, we have adapted to the new reality of social distancing and safety measures.  We connect and work remotely using on-line tools to support our clients who are making the most of the downtime.  We help them initiate Lean transformations to strengthen their organizations foundations and prepare them for a post crisis competitive ramp-up.

From our extensive experience in industry, we understand the challenges leaders face in time of crisis.  We recognize the struggles and importance of balancing crisis management with post-crisis forward thinking leadership. Leading in time of crisis is not only hard, but it is also lonely trying to keep the trust and meet the needs of your employees, customers, suppliers and communities.  We at Altix are here to help get you through this, and with a newly enthused workforce that the Lean way of working always brings.

Liam has a 40+ years track record of turning around operations, supply chains and suppliers, applying Lean Principles and leadership skills necessary to implement them and ensure long term success.

Christian brings 30+ years’ experience leading complex industry transformations across Europe, North America and Asia, developing and implementing new strategies in multicultural environments.

Altix is the middle-market international industrial champions’ management consulting partner, providing business strategy, technology and innovation, and operational excellence support, in the world of advanced manufacturing and international supply chain.