Optimize your CAPEX/OPEX

Our expertise acquired in various industrial sectors (Chemistry, Nuclear, Oil & Gas, other heavy industries) concerns the design of factories with objective cost, the revamping of existing factories, the design of factories of the future, the optimization of CAPEX, OPEX and construction delays.

It applies just as successfully to investments related to manufactured products as to processes and infrastructure where investments become the essential theme of work.

The robustness of our expertise has been validated on major decommissioning programmes or certain "non-standard" projects in the nuclear sector, where it is a question of identifying and securing technical, cost and planning scenarios in compliance with the highest safety requirements.

Optimize your CAPEX/OPEX

The relative weight or perceived value of each factor may vary depending on 4 major factors:

  • Type of client

    Local community or industrial entity.

  • The geographical area of the establishment

    High Cost Country / Low Cost Country.

  • Environmental constraints

    Existing building or Green Field.

  • The maturity of organizations

    Experience and skills.

For each stage of an investment project, we have developed specific methodologies enabling IAC to be relevant well upstream, in the middle or downstream of the project. However, the most significant cost reductions are made in the upstream part of the project.

Competitiveness of firms largely depends on reducing direct variable costs.

Beyond organisational optimisation and manufacturing processes, the optimisation of investment costs remains a major axis for improving competitiveness. A better control of investments, in an increasingly volatile economic context, allows additional room for manoeuvre to maintain and develop market share. With constant quality and productivity, this approach improves the competitiveness of companies in the long term.

Analyze, question and challenge to optimize your CAPEX.

  • Review needs and solutions

    Needs, specifications, norms and standards (internal/external), HSE

    Design criteria and design rules

    Benchmarks (internal/external)

    Cross-sectoral best practices

    Internal and supplier technology opportunities

  • Simplify equipment and infrastructure

    Choice of building according to processes and equipment

    Choice of layout and flow according to the process

    Compactness of equipment

    Utilities sharing

    Questioning redundancies and impact on CAPEX/OPEX balance

  • Improving Purchasing

    Co-design-to-value-and-cost equipments with major suppliers

    Standard or custom equipment

    Design-for-Sourcing (extended to a wider range of suppliers)

    Synergies Purchasing within the group (i.e. for BCC suppliers)

For the process industry, CAPEX is back at the forefront of the company's competitiveness equation.

At the same time, it is also necessary not to degrade the cost of OPEXs. It is then a question of taking into account project costs, engineering and risks in the approach. The analysis of the latter requires the use of specific angles of attack. Developed since our first project of this type in 2001 and continuously improved during the fifty or so missions carried out with major clients, IAC's methods have proven their effectiveness.

Review, question and challenge to optimize OPEXs

  • Improving Purchasing and Logistics

    Supply chain, production planning

    External and internal logistics

    Outsourcing of non-core activities and utilities

    Handling of hazardous materials

    Sizing and location of stocks of intermediate and finished products

  • Accelerate production

    Production supervision and monitoring

    Human/machine/process interactions

    Automatic vs manual for the best CAPEX/OPEX balance including safety and quality

    Energy and material consumption

    Scrap and rework related to the process

    Interfaces and flows between workshops

  • Securing quality and maintenance

    Access and maintainability of equipment and peripherals

    MTBF/MTBO equipment and lifetime choice for better CAPEX/OPEX balance

    Realization of FMECA

    Maintenance strategy (preventive, predictive, TPM)

By involving IAC upstream of your projects, we offer you a proven methodology that relies on 6 levers to significantly reduce and secure your costs (CAPEX / OPEX / DELAIS):

  • Anticipation 

    Proprietary method to reduce your time-to-offer while increasing your confidence level. 

  • Simplification  

    Functional analysis and identification of technical simplifications.

  • Cooperation  

    Develop the Design-To-Cost approach among key suppliers.

  • Sourcing and contracting 

    Capture sourcing opportunities and new technologies and guarantee tailor-made partnerships.

  • Operations 

    Improve process operability and reduce operating costs.

  • Acceleration 

    Reduce the construction and start-up planning of installations.

En impliquant IAC en amont de vos projets, nous vous offrons une méthodologie éprouvée qui s’appuie sur les 6 leviers permettant une réduction significative et une sécurisation de vos coûts (CAPEX / OPEX / DELAIS) : 

  • Anticipation 

    Méthode propriétaire pour réduire votre time-to-offer tout en augmentant votre niveau de confiance. 

  • Simplification  

    Analyse fonctionnelle et identification de simplifications techniques. 

  • Coopération  

    Développer l'approche Design-To-Cost chez les fournisseurs clés. 

  • Sourcing et contracting 

    Capter les opportunités de sourcing et de nouvelles technologies et garantir des partenariats sur mesure. 

  • Opérations 

    Améliorer l'opérabilité des process et réduire les coûts d'opérations. 

  • Accélération 

    Réduire le planning de construction et de démarrage des installations. 

  Tangible results at each mission
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05/03/2018

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ReDesign-To-Cost at the service of French reindustrialisation

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02/02/2018

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11/11/2017

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17/09/2017

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Relocation in France: Yes we can!

The visible or hidden costs and gains of an industrial relocation are studied with a global Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) approach.

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