Boz Group is a manufacturing SME from The Netherlands that produces strategic metal products. They “engineer, innovate and manufacture”, as they say in their website.
Boz Group took part in the ADMA short term pilot, and we have interviewed Corné van Opdorp, the Managing Director, to discover how their experience was:
Did you complete the ADMA quick and long scans?
Yes, we completed the long scan.
What are the main positive and negative aspects of the ADMA company scan?
The most valuable thing about the scan is that we gained insight into our position in the various components. Points where we thought we scored reasonably well sometimes proved to be in need of improvement and vice versa.
What valuable insights did the scan exercise give you about your company and its processes?
Overall, we were quite happy with the score we had achieved. However, improvements were certainly possible. Some subjects turned out to be less well-lit, for example the theme of sustainability.
How was the scan feedback session?
We completed the scan with our top management and the most important was the discussion that followed and how we saw our position / score in relation to the various questions.
What transformation(s) did you choose to highlight in your Transformation Plan?
The sustainable factory and smarter working are two themes in which we scored significantly lower than other companies. We have tackled these themes.
Is the Transformation Plan valuable for the company’s objective? If not, could you indicate why?
As a company, we want to be among the top manufacturing companies in Europe, which means that you ideally have excellent scores on all fronts. Fortunately, we saw that we scored well on quite a few axes, but we certainly still have some effort on the themes as mentioned earlier. Fortunately, I can inform you that quite a few actions are ongoing on these points.
What does “Factory of the Future” mean to you? Do you aim to reach this qualification and why is it important to you?
I think it fits well with our ‘best in class’ objective. We hope to achieve this qualification, but that is not an aim in itself. We focus on continuity, a pleasant working environment and satisfied customers. This remains a continuous goal.
How would you describe the support received by the ADMA advisors?
We have been well guided throughout the process and are very satisfied with the advisers. During the feedback, but certainly also with the questions, we were able to discuss the various insights well.
Which of the services provided by the advisor were most useful?
Would the SME promote the service given by the advisor and/or centre to other SMEs?
It is absolutely a must to bring this to the attention of other SMEs. I think many companies are looking in which areas they should invest first in the field of smart industry / industry 4.0. It gives them a good insight into where they are. We should also stand together for a powerful manufacturing industry in Western Europe. This is not possible if the axles perform below level.
What were the main incentives/barriers for the SME to move on into the implementation phase?
Some initiatives such as further sustainability have already been initiated. As we speak, the roofs are being prepared for the laying of 2,300 solar panels later this year. A barrier could be COVID-19. This could cause delays, but plans have started and are being implemented.