Interim Manufacturing Director, Germany based, with a near start up business, responsible for developing and implementing manufacturing concepts and detail internationally
Developed concept for volume OEM wind turbine assembly specifically to manage beat rate and consistency.
Confirmed commercial viability – investment and return
Established site options and potential operations partners in the US and India giving a near start up OEM additional credibility with investors etc
Volume assembly concept implemented in US factory (and later in part in a China factory (separate assignment)
As Interim Manufacturing Director for an OEM wind turbine producer based in UK then Germany, I reviewed established turbine JV partners in India. I concluded them not to be suitable for India manufacturing development and proposed alternatives.
I developed a volume production line concept for a wind turbine nacelle and hub assembly based on the methodology used for assembly of heavy truck cab tractor units, a concept that was later applied to a line assembling 2MW nacelles and hubs in the US.
I undertook assembly site option reviews for US and India-based nacelle and hub assembly facilities, narrowing down to the most suitable on each continent.
I established roll out plans including alternate layouts, resource levels, process control concepts and detail, activity plan to get established, cash flows and working capital requirements.