National, international, whatever?
Is your supplier’s structure really relevant to you? You would think the important thing is to meet technical requirements at the best possible cost, reliably, efficiently, and quickly. Those are certainly the key aspects of any supply chain management system. With its MoComp product range and its selection of global locations, Siemens Mobility is pursuing a clear strategy: To always be as close as possible to the customer or the market, with quality you can rely on and a comprehensive range of services at every location.
A clear network strategy
With our selection of locations we’re pursuing a clear strategy: To always be as close as possible to the customer or the market. In doing so we always focus on cost-effectiveness, but we also benefit ourselves from the greater proximity. Not only because we can look after our customers faster, but also because we’re operating right inside their market and are fully familiar with the rules that apply there. It’s something a lot of customers appreciate, and in some cases regional regulations even require them to buy locally made rail components that meet local approval conditions.
So, for example, we can manufacture the desired portfolio to comply with Buy America and Buy American standards, or with certification under Russia’s GOST standard. Employees are in place 24/7 in local centers of competence in all time zones around the world and on almost every continent – you’ll always find a contact not far away.
Thanks to our smart, global plant footprint, we’re always close to our customers with our component manufacturing.Christian Felbier – Head of Global Manufacturing Components
Quality, or: How about a bit more?
Another benefit is the globally uniform quality concept within the Siemens Mobility organization and in all our MoComp products: The motto is “ten manufacturing locations – one quality standard.” The same goes for the technologies being used – and also for engineering. This is where you directly benefit from the combination of a global network and local presence. With every component that we’ve developed to meet the approval criteria for a given market, we offer a product with highly individual properties and strengths.
These very properties and strengths may also be demanded on other markets, and the experience we gain in the process can help us improve these components or manufacture faster and more efficiently. For us it goes without saying that experience gained in the various markets is integrated in our expertise base, so it can also benefit other customers in other markets.
Let’s assume a drive has to be used in a particular region and in a given temperature range. It will be developed and manufactured on-site in the relevant market. But the fact our experts are globally networked means the expertise and the engineering skills gained in the process can also benefit other factories. It isn’t simply a question of copying, but rather a process of constantly improving our products and methods. As a result, we can offer our customers a better product, and faster – for example thanks to more efficient manufacturing processes and greater technological reserves, which ultimately save you costs.
A product that we’ve overhauled is always as good as new.Ralf Kolzarek, Head of Siemens Traction Service at Siemens Mobility GmbH
Service also offers benefits
Another powerful argument for buying from us is our global, professional service, which can also be found worldwide in addition to the MoComp manufacturing locations. What Ralf Kolzarek, Head of Siemens Traction Service at Siemens Mobility GmbH, says about components also applies at a general level: “A product that we’ve overhauled is always as good as new.” One reason for this is that our manufacturing locations are strategically well positioned, and we can mostly use the same tools and processes to overhaul individual components as we use in series component manufacturing. While we don’t manufacture all components at every location, local production naturally makes these services faster and more effective – and the quality will be right in any case, regardless of whether a component is made locally or not.