Inge GmbH (Germany)
Industry sector: Technology
Cost categories investigated: packaging, freight, warehousing, telecommunications and energy
The Expense Reduction Analysts team
Gerhard Ibler, Jürgen Pöllmann, Stephan Haasis, Thomas Brunner, Michael Endler
About the project
The company Inge GmbH, a German subsidiary of BASF, develops and manufactures innovative ultra-filtration technology for the treatment of drinking, sea and waste water. Their customers are plant manufacturers who incorporate the ultra-filtration modules or the finished rack-systems as a step of their process in the construction of their water treatment plants. Inge GmbH has a global presence and advises, supplies and supports companies all around the world. Since 2011, the company is part of the BASF group, expanding thus the group’s portfolio.
Due to the international nature of the business, logistics and warehousing have a special meaning, with an emphasis on quality and process management. The company has paid significant 6-figure annual costs in this area, part of which was for the lease of a specific warehouse. In order to reduce the costs and to cut the process, a team of Expense Reduction Analysts experts started discussions with several service providers.
The storage facilities were then conceptually restructured.
These changes enabled Inge GmbH to reduce freight costs by 10% and warehousing costs by 23%. Over 10% of the annual expenses were saved in the category of packaging.
Significant savings were found in the telecommunications category. Based on a tailor-made market analysis of the company’s needs, savings of 37% were identified. However, Inge GmbH opted for an option involving a change of supplier which led to savings of 15%.
In order to achieve savings in the energy category, Expense Reduction Analysts recommended to use the BASF group structure and bids to take advantage of the resulting synergies.
What the client says
“Expense Reduction Analysts has not only reduced our running costs, they also have improved our management of processes and quality in the areas investigated. I can only recommend further cooperation with ERA and have already said so.”
Markus Erner, Sales Director at Inge GmbH