Industry Overview

The Metals & Mining industry plays a central role in the overall supply chain and in everyday life and economic development. The continuous supply and availability of basic materials are essential to upstream producers and their end customers.  Visibility to upstream demand is often obscured by fragmentation of spend as more OEM’s outsource the manufacture of parts to external partners and suppliers.  Like other industry sectors, extreme variability and fluctuating demand-supply are forcing companies to devise commercial strategies to manage their exposure to volatile markets.

Factors that demand attention:

  • Fragmented upstream spend obscures true demand pattern
  • Difficult planning process limits ability to optimize production throughput
  • Increased exposure to upstream supplier financial instability
  • Excessive upstream part and material proliferation limits opportunities to achieve economies of scale
  • Some materials & part transformation processes have limited capacities.
  • Lack confidence in upstream planning processes.
  • Supply related Issues manifest themselves more than one tier away.
Supply Dynamics SDX™ 8.0 Platform Solution Capabilities

  • Extended Bill of Resource Management
  • Supplier Bill of Material Validation & Change Management
  • Consolidation of Material Demand
  • Consolidation of Special Process Demand
  • Multi-Tier Forecasting, Planning & Broadcast
  • Elemental Forecasting
  • Multi-Tier Sourcing & Procurement
  • Material and Material Size Rationalization
  • Supplier Rationalization
  • Price & Supply Risk Management
  • Extended Supply Chain Visualization
Engaging Supply Dynamics: 

We play an integral role from initial client contact through ongoing solution support.  Supply Dynamics works directly with clients or in partnership with leading global service providers.  Our phased value approach and supporting processes deliver benefits at each stage of interaction.

Stages include:

Pre-Sales Activity

  1. Identifying initial strategy & value areas
  2. Develop scope for SDX Opportunity Assessment designed to identify & highlight cost savings and efficiency opportunities.
  3. Plan and conduct SDX Opportunity Assessment (on site).

Solution Configuration

  1. Assembling initial ‘Extended Bill of Resource’ Model.
  2. Part Attribute Characterization.
  3. Load production materials (alloy, grade, specification, form, size, and volumes.)
  4. Load materials, parts and BOM hierarchies in SDX™ 8.0 Platform
  5. Link finished part forecast to production material requirements.
  6. Multi-Tier Sourcing Models (e.g. Directed Buy, Buy-Sell Resale, and others).

Solution Deployment

  1. Deploy ‘Cloud Based’ Instance of SDX™8.0
  2. Provide an interface for stakeholder interaction and validation of information

Ongoing Support & Services

  1. Provide help desk support.
  2. Provide ongoing platform support, maintenance, enhancements and new solution capabilities on product roadmap.
  3. Add new commodity categories and/or sourcing models to SDX 8.0 Platform
  4. Provide Supply Network analyses & reporting as a Service.
Value Drivers

  • Leverage aggregate volume to gain commercial benefit with producer.
  • Eliminate non-value add margin est. > 20 percent (over and above margin on value-added services).
  • Standardize production material forms, sizes and specifications.
  • Proactively expedite the timely purchase and supply of production materials across the extended supply network.
  • Provide forecast of elemental inputs to support financial risk management strategies.
  • Improved forecasting & planning.
  • Ensure continuous supply and capacity to avoid supply interruptions.
  • Recover scrap/revert value.
  • Reduce delivery variances through better coordination.