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A few words about the Automotive Industry

The global Automotive Industry is unique in its historic influence on modern society. Ranging from massive assembly plants to small start-up high-tech suppliers, and from long-term supply chain partners to hometown car dealers, the industry faces unusually wide-ranging operational and financial challenges. Few industries are more symbolic of the transformational era in which we live. Every aspect of the automotive industry is under review to determine the landscape of personal mobility in the years to come.

Kepner-Tregoe works with the majority of leading automotive OEMs and most tier-1 suppliers throughout the world. Since our founding in 1958, KT has supported the industry’s major players with excellence in critical thinking skill development for swiftly resolving complex issues.

The foundational technologies of Kepner-Tregoe, including analytical troubleshooting, root cause analysis (RCA), decision making and other critical processes, are used to resolve complex problems and make decisions related to production, quality, engineering, finance and global supply chain management.

Kepner-Tregoe technologies support and enhance Lean, Six Sigma and Kaizen initiatives by providing rapid troubleshooting and effective root cause analysis. Honda Motor Company, one of our oldest clients, first began working with Kepner-Tregoe in Japan before expanding production internationally. When Harley-Davidson went international with its motorcycles, they relied on Kepner-Tregoe to help them with their global expansion.

Each year, Kepner-Tregoe’s clients in the automotive industry credit their teams for using KT methodologies to secure millions of dollars in savings. Consulting and training programs by Kepner-Tregoe take place almost every day in major automotive industry hotspots worldwide.

To learn more about Kepner-Tregoe consulting and training in the Automotive Industry, contact Kepner-Tregoe.

Success stories


How the team at COMAU, part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group, solved a significant issue in fulfilling a customer order.


times increase in Mean Time Between Failures


COMAU’s engineers approached the body-side framer quality challenge by imagining what the root cause might be and then formulating various hypotheses to determine a solution.


At Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, an intensely competitive business environment challenges employees every day to deliver superior products for the world’s leading automotive manufacturers. Automotive interior components and systems must be manufactured to exacting standards to ensure safety and durability. The quality of the manufacturing process is critical and there are lots of opportunities for cost overruns.


ROI generated


generated per project


130 problem solving projects that were tracked and closed had generated a per-project average of $10,000. Larger projects, such as cost avoidance types, are not included in this total. When the program reaches it's conclusion the expectation is to close 160 projects by the end of the year.


Development programs that focus on Six Sigma and Lean can achieve record-breaking efficiency by building new synergies. After adding KT to its Lean and Six Sigma programs, Johnson Controls found the perfect Continuous Improvement trilogy.

When continuous improvement programs fall short, disappointing results usually circle back to the fact that the changes were not owned by the frontline. Give them the floor and watch what happens.

In our auto industry experience, problem-solving facilitators play a primary role in building manufacturing excellence. Consider these guidelines to optimize the effectiveness of facilitators in your organization.

It’s not surprising that poor asset performance hampers overall business performance. When there are unplanned shutdowns or assets that perform below their expected levels, profit margins suffer pushing operational excellence further and further away.


Our Experts
in Automotive Industry

Joseph Vogelpohl
Senior Associate Consultant
North America
Matthieu Coupeau
Senior Consultant
Naoko Morimoto
Sales Consultant

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