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Heading: KBC is a best of consulting 2018 winner

KBC achieved second place in the “Supply Chain Management” category and was honoured by Wirtschaftswoche with the “Best of Consulting 2018 – Mittelstand [Mid-sized Sector]” award.

In its third year of participation, KBC has won the “Best of Consulting – Mittelstand” award in the Supply Chain Management category for the third time. This year, the “Preventive Capacity Management Supply Chain Power Train Components” project took second place and received the “Excellent” award. At the same time, this prize completes KBC’s own medal collection (after the “gold medal” in the first year and the “bronze medal” last year).

This is already the 9th time that “Best of Consulting – Mittelstand” honours Germany’s best management consultants. Consultancies throughout Germany were called upon to have a customer project evaluated by a scientific advisory board and a jury.

KBC Managing Director Stefan Kemény and Natalie Heizmann, Marketing Manager at KBC, accepted the award in Düsseldorf on behalf of all project team members.

The project Preventive Capacity Management Supply Chain Power Train Components:

KBC was able to secure the supply of critical components along the supply chain in order to meet the requirements resulting from the petrol/diesel exchange.


Market fluctuations caused by the diesel scandal lead to a significant increase in the originally planned demand for petrol engines. In addition, the expected demand for electrified powered vehicles is rising much faster than originally forecast. The consequence of this market volatility is that the capacity limits in the supplier network for power train components are strained and, in some cases, overstretched.


  • Insufficient transparency on the current supplier capacity situation
  • Illustration of the suppliers’ marginal capacities and their critical components (approx. 250 components)

Dynamic supplier performance review and capacity forecast to derive feasibilities of production programmes and scenarios


  • Identification of critical components together with specialists from the Purchasing, Quality and Logistics divisions
  • Monitoring of limiting capacities due to bottleneck process and tracking of the industrialisation time tables
  • Development and implementation of a forecasting tool for the derivation of feasibility scenarios


Together with the customer, we were able to identify the risk levels and shorten industrialisation periods by developing capacity and industrialisation transparency for all critical components. The forecasting tool led to a reduction of the examining and verifiying for test orders & scenarios as well as to the determination of proactive courses of action. This, in turn, relieved the specialist Purchasing and Quality Management departments in the supply chain and also ensured the supply of components for the engine plants.

Männliche Person, braune kurze Haare, braune Augen, lächelnd, trägt ein weißes Hemd und dunkelblauen Anzug, stehend mit der rechten Hand in der Hosentasche
Männliche Person, braune kurze Haare, braune Augen, lächelnd, trägt ein weißes Hemd und dunkelblauen Anzug, stehend mit der rechten Hand in der Hosentasche
Stefan Kemény
Senior Partner

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