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  • Arnold Umformtechnik GmbH & Co. KG
  • Carl-Arnold-Straße 25
  • 74670 Forchtenberg
  • http://www.arnold-fastening.com/
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  • Sara Megerle
  • +49 (0)7947/821-312

1. Technical forum: optimising costs in fastening technology A plea for more cooperation

Strategic cost reduction improves product quality – the requirements profile for suppliers’ management quality will increase – Making networks controllable

(PresseBox) (Forchtenberg, ) To reduce costs, the manufacturer - supplier system chain will have to work together much harder in future. That was the conclusion of the first technical forum to discuss cost optimisation in the fastening industry, held at Schwäbisch Hall on 23rd and 24th November. Using the example of professional fastening technology it was demonstrated how technology, product assortment policies, and supplier management all have a sustained effect on the cost structure - and on the other hand, how it is possible to control this without necessarily losing quality. In the course of this development suppliers will be required to apply intelligent management to the process chain.

In his opening presentation, Reinhard Barth, Product Development Manager at Arnold Umformtechnik GmbH, who hosted the workshop, demonstrated that for some time it has no longer been possible to expect further potential for savings from the product itself, but that savings can be identified throughout the entire process chain. Roland Bopp of DaimlerChrysler substantiated the hypothesis that if all the cost drivers are taken into account, quality improvements in the end product will inevitably follow. The crucial factor is the size of the non-variable parts ratio. Only this allows a widely standardised assortment, eliminating cost-intensive assembly errors and reworking. Manufacturing larger order quantities automatically cuts the cost of the component and thus compensates for the cost of opting for the more expensive fastener version.

This intelligent assortment policy by manufactures will require management quality from suppliers. Ultimately the idea of a "one-stop shop" will reduce a manufacturer's administrative costs by many times. Presenting the "Total Fastener Project Management" concept, Arnold Marketing and Product Manager, Matthias Bürkert demonstrated a pioneering approach to meeting these requirements in the future. The successful supplier of the future will form part of the system chain from Development to Logistics, and must be able to offer the corresponding services over and above the product itself. According to Matthias Bürkert, "the aim is to control the networks".

The fundamental components of these networks are the Logistics components. Lear, the car seat manufacturer based at Besignheim, and Lila - the logistics specialist, showed how a Supply Chain might look in future. Five years ago the two companies began an excellent cooperation in the "longest duplex" in the world, almost completely eliminating any communication friction loss. And with huge success. Lear proves that innovative concepts can ensure that Germany can be an attractive manufacturing location.

Arnold Umformtechnik GmbH & Co. KG

The ARNOLD Group – solutions which connect
Whereas the Arnold name has always signified and still does stand for “fasteners”, in recent years the range of products has expanded.

Today, Arnold is a group of companies supplying a comprehensive range of fastener products and related services besides the parent company ARNOLD UMFORMTECHNIK GmbH & Co. KG, Forchtenberg-Ernsbach in Germany, members of the Arnold Group include subsidiaries Arnold & Shinjo, also based in Forchtenberg-Ernsbach, Germany, and ARNOLD Technique France, based in Lyon, France. In 2003 the overall group, employing just under 500 people, achieved a sales turnover of over Euro 80 million. The transformation from a purely manufacturing company into a comprehensive service provider to the fastener industry began in the mid 1970s, when the company decided to conccentrate on manufacturing very high-quality technological fasteners. As it entered the higher quality fastener market, the company faced new challenges. Today Arnold works with major companies in the automotive and electrical industries, both at home in Germany and abroad, and becomes involved early on as their customers develop and design new parts. First of all this requires intensive on-site consultation along with comprehensive customer services, and secondly it requires highly qualified employees who can rise to, and meet the demands of the market.

•To be able to meet the particular demands of each of the industrial sectors, Arnold has divided its marketing activities into automotive and trade and industry divisions. Thus, customers can call upon specialist teams able to offer customised advice in order to provide innovative solutions.

•To meet the challenge of such development partnerships, our qualified staff develop the best possible fastener solutions by visiting customers at home and abroad, and implementing the results of their visits at our own engineering design and development departments.

•By constantly analysing industry applications, the products themselves, and users´requrements, ARNOLD is always in an excellent position to be able to develop new solutions to problems and incorporate thm into the development process. So, with ARNOLD´s own production expertise, we are able to produce top quality innovative products and individual industry solutions that set new market standards. Furthermore, ARNOLD is an important and integral part of the Supply Chain. Working very closely with OEMs and their suppliers, ARNOLD is able to react very quickly to changes in the market, and to incorporate the knowledge gained into enhanced products for customers. A Pre-Sales and After-Sales service covering Key Account Management, modern logistics systems and customer seminars rounds off the range of ARNOLD services.

The Arnold Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Würth Group, which with over 50,000 employees and more than 320 companies world-wide operates on a global basis with earnings of over 6 billion euros. So, against that background, the Arnold Group represents a secure partner in the best possible position to serve the global requirements of the market.


Die ARNOLD Gruppe – Lösungen, die verbinden
Wurde der Name Arnold in der Vergangenheit noch oftmals automatisch mit dem Begriff „Verbindungselemente“ gleichgesetzt, so hat sich dies in den letzten Jahren grundlegend geändert.
Heute ist Arnold eine Unternehmensgruppe zu der neben der Muttergesellschaft ARNOLD UMFORMTECHNIK GmbH & Co. KG, Forchtenberg-Ernsbach (D), noch die Töchter Arnold & Shinjo, ebenfalls Forchtenberg-Ernsbach (D), und Arnold Technique France, Lyon (F), gehören. Die Unternehmensgruppe erwirtschaftet mit knapp 500 Mitarbeitern über 80 Mio.€ Umsatz. Der Wandel setzte bereits Mitte der 70er Jahre ein, als man sich auf die Herstellung von anspruchsvollen Verbindungselementen konzentrierte. Mit dem Eintritt in das Marktsegment der höherwertigen Verbindungselemente kamen auch neue Herausforderungen auf das Unternehmen zu. Arnold arbeitet heute national und international mit den „großen“ der Automobil- und Elektroindustrie zusammen und wird von diesen frühzeitig als Entwicklungspartner in Entwicklung und Konstruktion von Neuteilen eingebunden. Dies bedingt zum einen eine intensive Betreuung vor Ort und umfassende Dienstleistungen für die Kunden und zum anderen hoch qualifizierte Mitarbeiter, welche den Anforderungen des Marktes gerecht werden können.
Das Unternehmen Arnold hat sich diesen Herausforderungen mit Erfolg gestellt:

•Damit die speziellen Anforderungen der einzelnen Branchen erfüllt werden können, ist man bei Arnold dazu übergegangen den Vertrieb in die Sparten Automotiv und Industrie + Handel zu gliedern. So entstanden Spezialistenteams, die den Kunden mit individueller Beratung innovative Lösungen anbieten können.
•Um dem Anspruch der Entwicklungspartnerschaft gerecht zu werden, erarbeiten qualifizierte Mitarbeiter national und international vor Ort beim Kunden und in der eigenen Konstruktions- und Entwicklungsabteilung die optimale Verbindungslösung.
•Durch die kontinuierliche Analyse der Anwendungsfälle, der Produkte und der Anforderungen der Anwender ist ARNOLD in der Lage selbständig neue Problemlösungen zu entwickeln und diese in den Entwicklungsprozess mit einfließen zu lassen. Verbunden mit dem ARNOLD eigenen Produktions-Know-how entstehen so innovative Produkte und individuelle Branchenlösungen die neue Marktstandards setzen. Des weiteren ist Arnold ein wichtiger Integrationspartner in der Supply Chain. Durch die enge Zusammenarbeit mit den OEMs und deren Zulieferer ist ARNOLD in der Lage, bei Entwicklungen in der Zuliefererindustrie auf wichtige Veränderungen des Marktes hinzuweisen. Ein internationaler Pre- und After-Sales-Service der u.a. moderne Logistiksysteme, Key-Account-Management und Kundenseminare umfasst, rundet die Palette der Dienstleistungen ab.

Die Arnold Gruppe selbst ist ein 100%iger Bestandteil der globalen Würth-Gruppe, die mit über 50.000 Mitarbeitern und über 320 Gesellschaften weltweit über 6 Milliarden Euro erwirtschaftet. Durch diesen Hintergrund stellt die Arnold-Gruppe für jeden Kunden einen sicheren Partner dar, der die globalen Anforderungen des Marktes optimal bedienen kann.