Managing Director & Partner
Kristian Kuhlmann is a core member of Boston Consulting Group's Industrial Goods and Operations practices. His work focuses on the automotive and chemicals industries. He leads the firm’s work in business line manufacturing and supply chain for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Kristian has particular expertise in production strategy, production network optimization, and future production setups including the introduction of Industry 4.0. Before joining the firm, Kristian was Chief Engineer, Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering, at RWTH Aachen University.
Producers can address critical challenges by designing flexible factories, sharing assets, and decoupling factory ownership and use.
With well-informed planning and thoughtful implementation, stakeholders can ensure that the automotive industry continues to be a strong and stable motor for employment in Europe.
To enhance competitiveness, companies must take a clean-sheet approach to deciding what, where, and how to manufacture.
To succeed in a future of electric vehicles, manufacturers must understand and prepare for the profound effects of this transformation on operations and labor requirements.
Manufacturers can implement win-win actions in their production and logistics operations that benefit the environment and create financial value.
Robot functionality is improving and costs are declining, but producers need a comprehensive vision to capture the promised value.
Product complexity is pushing conventional conveyor belts beyond their capabilities. Recent advances in Industry 4.0 technologies are making possible a more efficient approach to assembly.
Innovation alone won’t save the industry’s economics. Manufacturers must adopt digital technologies to produce battery cells cost-effectively.
Tomorrow’s end-to-end manufacturing AI will think alongside—and sometimes ahead of—human coworkers. But ambitions for the technology far outstrip today’s reality.