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Industrial strategy consulting services

Creating the world around us, with strategy that turns vision into reality

The future of manufacturing starts today

With exposure on multiple levels of the supply chain, many industrial manufacturers are feeling pressure on their bottom line. The global trade landscape is shifting, tariffs are increasing, cost structures are evolving, and emerging technologies are accelerating change. Amid this turbulence in the sector, are you prepared to weather the storm and take advantage of the opportunity to realise growth?

The world’s leading industrial companies come to us for our deep understanding of industry dynamics, extensive experience along the entire value chain, and functional capabilities. At Strategy&, we help our clients manage their portfolios, optimize operations with distinctive capabilities, digitize factories for industry 4.0, and cut costs. In everything we do, from business strategy to operations to sales and marketing, we focus on maximizing growth through coherent operating models, smart partnerships, and targeted investments. When you work with the world’s only at-scale strategy business, backed by a global professional services network, you can deliver on what’s possible right from the start.

How we help clients

Business strategy

In an increasingly mature and competitive environment, we bring the skills, technology, and scale to deliver customised solutions in corporate growth, portfolio optimisation, business unit growth, and capital allocation. Our unwavering commitment to getting it right means working alongside you to envision your future, set clear expectations, and turn vision into reality — continuing to deliver growth and margin improvements.

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Operations strategy

We work with clients to refine and improve the sustainable optimisation of their entire services and cost base with independent analysis and support to asset utilisation, cost structure review, customer management, outsourcing/offshoring analysis, process optimisation, and supply chain optimisation.

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Organisation strategy

Our experts know how to realign organisational priorities, uncover strategic M&A openings, improve operational efficiency and competitiveness through post-merger integration, use objective-driven change initiatives to steer operating model transformation, and deploy cultural and teaming strategy to take your business to the next level.

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Product and service innovation

We advise companies on how to strategically build more effective organisations and capabilities rooted in new programme and product line strategy, technology portfolio strategy, engineering productivity, and more.

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Technology strategy

We help clients understand the strategic implications, opportunities, and threats imposed by big data, cloud computing, cybersecurity, specialised software, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, industry 4.0, and more. We focus on updating systems and architecture around your differentiating capabilities, bringing solutions from the start and results that deliver long-term value.

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Global manufacturer streamlines portfolio and cuts costs

Global manufacturer streamlines portfolio and cuts costs

A global diversified industrial manufacturing company was facing increasing competitive pressures and market headwinds, and wanted to transform its North America operations to be ready for the future. Strategy& analysed the current product portfolio, baselined the operations across all the business units, and assessed different manufacturing footprint scenarios and distribution options. The result was a completely new operations strategy and transformation roadmap, which streamlined the client's operations and product portfolio while also enabling significantly lower overall manufacturing and logistics costs.

Diversified conglomerate defines tech strategy across businesses

Diversified conglomerate defines tech strategy across businesses

A global diversified industrial conglomerate wanted to understand the impact of the Internet of Things on its business and to define its technology strategy. Strategy& assessed the value drivers of each of the services, analysed the current unmet needs, detailed competitive movements, and devised a high-level roadmap of the cross-business technology strategy.

Multinational wants to grow regional operations through acquisitions

Multinational wants to grow regional operations through acquisitions

A multinational HVAC/R manufacturing company wanted to evaluate potential acquisition targets to grow its North American operations. Strategy& performed a feasibility and strategic fit assessment by conducting a diligence on multiple targets. In addition, a search and screen effort was executed to outline further M&A opportunities, listing small to mid-sized distribution partners and relevant HVAC/R businesses.

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Dr. Paul Nillesen

Dr. Paul Nillesen

Partner, Strategy& Netherlands