What our customers say about us
Carsten Rokitt – Head of Supply Chain Management thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG
“Bronk & Company has supported thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG intensively on both the methodological and organizational side with pragmatism and consistent project management during the transformation of our supply chain management: Based on an objective and competent analysis of our processes and organizational structures, weaknesses and sub-optimal workarounds were identified. In close dialog and cooperation with our employees, tailored alternatives were developed and implemented. For example, innovative AI approaches were introduced and tested in the existing planning systems together with B&C. This will allow us to better predict plant-specific performance parameters in the future and will have a positive impact on one of our top goals, on-time delivery.”
Bernhard Osburg – Chairman of the Management Board thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG
“With Bronk & Company’s supply chain expertise in the metals industry, we have chosen the right partner to transform our supply chain management into a state-of-the-art organization with lean processes.“
thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG (tkSE) is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of flat steel and stands for innovations and high-quality products for advanced and demanding applications. tkSE employs around 27,000 people and with an annual production volume of 11 million metric tons of crude steel it is Germany’s largest flat steel producer. Its capabilities range from customized materials to materials-related services.
Jürgen Alex – Chairman of the Management Board Deutsche Edelstahlwerke Specialty Steel GmbH & Co. KG
“Bronk & Company successfully guided us through the group-wide restructuring program and ensured that DEW made the agreed contribution. In the process “all the stones” had to be turned over and reordered within the company to achieve the targeted contribution through sustainable efficiency improvements in production as well as administrative processes.
The consultants from B&C supported us in finding ideas for new earnings potential, in designing the corresponding implementation steps and setting up a customized controlling system for measuring the success of improvement measures. Due to their practical experience from the industry accompanied by a prudent communication with all stakeholders, the Metal Management Consultants from B&C were able to consistently initiate the change in employee’s mindset and daily routines. As a result, we were able to significantly exceed the goals we had set ourselves in the first year of the five-year program.
I can unreservedly recommend B&C for the implementation of restructuring programs in the steel industry because I was convinced by the team’s ability to keep an eye on the “big picture” on the one hand, but also to provide support in detail with a high level of commitment on the other.”
DEW is a manufacturer of stainless steel long products with 4 locations and a 160-year tradition in stainless steel production. This experience, the modern production facilities and finally approx. 3 800 qualified employees form the basis for the high product quality offered by DEW. Approximately 750 000 t of highly specialized products are supplied to customers worldwide. In addition, DEW actively promotes CO2 reduction in its manufacturing processes and offers its customers the opportunity to buy “green steel”.
Diemtar Hemsath – Member of the Management Board Georgsmarienhütte GmbH and CFO Business Unit Steelmaking
“As part of a long-term program to secure the future of our company, we worked with Bronk & Company to take a close look at our entire value chain. Together with B&C’s supply chain experts, we turned over all the “stones” in production. We also questioned our administrative workflows and processes with a focus on planning and controlling.
We were aiming at uncovering the hidden potentials that lies in our value chain and to derive measures to leverage these potentials. With the help of B&C’s industry experts and a powerful internal team, we systematically developed and executed the resulting program. Over a period of three years, we have jointly achieved very successful optimizations in almost all business areas:
- In the production area, from the optimization of scrap supply in the steel mill to efficiency improvements in the dispatching process of our trucks as part of our yard management.
- In the administrative area, from the optimization of product cost accounting to the digitalization of our sales accounting processes.
B&C has accompanied us in a professional and cooperative way in all phases of our program. Our team has benefited from the expertise of the B&C team not only through “theoretical concepts”, but also in particular when it comes to implementation.“
Georgsmarienhütte GmbH is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of bar steel, semi-finished products and bright steel with an annual production volume of 1 million tons crude steel. It is part of the Georgsmarienhütte Group (GMH Group), an association of over twenty medium-sized companies in Germany, Austria, Australia and the USA. Georgsmarienhütte GmbH employs around 1,275 people.
Christian Bieber – Head of Logistics and Warehouse Technology Klöckner & Co Deutschland GmbH
“Bronk & Company has successfully supported us in a multi-country project to optimize our higher value added services. The project aimed at creating a common view on available production capacity across borders and on increasing these capacities. Starting point for this optimization was the harmonization of business processes along the whole order life cycle from customer inquiry to shipment. Furthermore, the performance of our production systems was to be improved.
With their industry knowledge and methodological competence, B&C quickly identified & analyzed the relevant processes in different production sites as well as in the connected administrative areas. Future business processes were shaped right after. The experienced B&C consultants were able to draft solutions and identify suitable IT software providers that fit perfectly to the defined requirements.
Next to the actual success of the project, the cooperation with the B&C consultants went smoothly as they were constantly competent, objective and target focused. Even in case of conflicting views and opinions, they professionally sorted these out and created commonly accepted solutions without compromising the project targets.”
In the steel and metal distribution, Klöckner & Co is one of the world’s largest producer-independent companies. Thanks to our modern service centers, we rank among the top suppliers of high-quality processed steel and metal products.. As a pioneer of the digital transformation in the steel industry, our target is to fully digitalize and largely automate the supply and service chain and to become the leading digital one-stop-shop platform for steel, other materials, equipment and processing services in Europe and the Americas. Klöckner & Co Deutschland GmbH operates a distribution and service network of 11 sites and supplies more than 10 000 customers.
Dr. Boris Wernig – Managing Director Eisenbau Krämer GmbH
“In 2020 we started a programme with Bronk & Company to increase efficiency in many areas of our company. Due to Covid-19 and the subsequent drop in demand in all business areas, we extended the activities into a full-scale restructuring programme.
We received valuable support from the Bronk & Company team here. After defining our new strategic position, together with B&C we described the necessary steps for a comprehensive turnaround. Simultaneously, the B&C consultants translated the realization steps necessary for these concepts into workstreams and progressed these workstreams successfully with our managers and employees. In addition B&C carefully planned and executed the internal as well as external communication to all our shareholders.
The consultants of B&C, with their practical & industry experience and driven by strong commitment, managed to sustainably implement the mindchange in the organization as well as motivate our employees to adjust their daily processes. By doing so, we could comprehensively tackle the difficult situation the company was in and made an important step towards ensuring the continued existence of our company. This convinced me very much!”
EBK a globally renowned producer of longitudinally welded heavy-walled steel pipes in large diameters. In three production sites ca. 300 employees produce pipes with a variety of technical customer specifications for projects all over the world.
Holger Jahn – COO Ralf Bohle GmbH (Schwalbe)
“Together with Bronk & Company, we recognized that the actual success of our company as well as further growth must be secured through a comprehensive restructuring of our production and planning processes and systems. Especially for the production in Jakarta and Vietnam.
B&C worked out an adequate program with the managers and employees. Due to well appreciated interculture competences, the new requirements were communicated to each site and the implementation progressed measurably with a high degree of sustainability. Another important aspect was the introduction of relevant KPIs for all processes in order to ensure goal-oriented management and control of the entire company.
B&C not only convinced us with consistency and speed, but also contributed significantly more than one might generally expect from a consulting team! All project participants were able to benefit from the necessary technical and interdisciplinary input which set the foundation for the next rocket stage of our growth story.”
Ralf Bohle GmbH is a company that produces tires and tubes for bicycles and wheelchairs under the brand name Schwalbe. In Europe, Schwalbe is the market leader. The joint ventures in Indonesia and Vietnam employ around 3 800 people.
Patrick Rösch – Managing Director Stahlwerk Bous GmbH
“Our goal was to fundamentally revise the quotation process, to map it in SAP and to decisively increase cost transparency. Bronk & Company supported us with a dedicated project approach and, together with our internal team, developed a solution accurately predicting both material and manufacturing costs for all production steps within very short time.
The developed concept was implemented together with our group-internal SAP consultants and verified based on a prototype built by B&C. We are fully convinced by the implemented solution. B&C is familiar with the specific processes of the steel industry, can excellently apply this knowledge to solve problems and delivers solutions very quick.“
Stahlwerk Bous GmbH is part of the Georgsmarienhütte Unternehmensgruppe (GMH Gruppe), an association of over twenty medium-sized companies in Germany, Austria, Australia and the USA. Bous steel mill offers a wide range of ingot and continuous cast shapes with more than 800 steel grades with a charge weight of approx. 60 tons combined with the option of additional finishing operations such as annealing, cropping or grinding.
Jonathan Weber – Member of the Board SHS Stahl-Holding-Saar GmbH & Co. KG
“The consultants team of Bronk & Company, together with our inhouse experts, analyzed our existing logistical system for supplying material to our production sites and performed viability checks of new potential setups to support us in reaching our climate goals. The cooperation with Bronk & Company experts worked extremely well on all stakeholder levels and delivered the required results in time and quality.
We found a reliable partner in Bronk & Company to deal with SCM tasks and topics on our transformation path.”
SHS Stahl-Holding-Saar GmbH & Co. KG has been established in 2010 and acts as the operational Management Holding, actively managing tasks of Saarland´s steel industry. The most prominent companies in the group are Dillinger and Saarstahl. Together these two companies produce more than 5 million tons of crude steel per year, employ about 13,000 people and generate a turnover of nearly EUR 4 billion.
Dr. Michael Merz – Managing Director Mannstaedt GmbH
“To secure the future of our company, we launched the project “Zukunft Mannstaedt 2025” together with Bronk & Company (B&C). Our focus was primarily on restructuring our organizational structure and processes, defining a strategic investment roadmap as well as increasing the efficiency of our core processes.
The consultants from B&C provided us with active and competent support, especially by setting up the program which helped us to set the right strategic framework for the restructuring. After examining the organizational structure, existing ideas, measures and ongoing projects were structured, evaluated and finally integrated into the strategic roadmap. True to the motto “there are no sacred cows”. In closing the gap to our envisioned efficiency targets, the consultants from Bronk & Company gave us important inputs and further impulses with their industry know-how.
After successfully handing over the project management to the operational team at Mannstaedt GmbH, B&C supported us as specialists in the further design and implementation of specific measures. In the SCM area, this included the optimization of our planning processes (focusing on production planning). Another example includes the digitalization and automation of the quotation costing process in the sales department.
The project “Zukunft Mannstaedt 2025” marked an import milestone for the future of our company. Mannstaedt GmbH is now optimally positioned as world leader in the field of special profiles for the most demanding applications by offering high quality products at a competitive cost basis.”
Mannstaedt GmbH is a global leader in the production of hot-rolled special steel profiles and offers profiles making the seemingly impossible possible. The competence is based on decades of experience – from engineering to metallurgy, roll design and hot rolling to further processing. With approx. 700 employees, up to 250,000 t of special profiles can be produced per year. Mannstaedt GmbH is part of the Georgsmarienhütte Group (GMH Group), an association of over twenty medium-sized companies in Germany, Austria, Australia and the USA.
Uwe Oppitz – Managing Director Rhenus Ports GmbH & Co. KG
“As we have manifold links into the steel industry, we have developed a lot of ideas on how to support companies in the course of decarbonization along the necessary transformation path to climate neutrality. Bronk & Company lend us a helping hand to build a structured business model based on our ideas, which provides a comprehensive and quantified approach to proving the economic viability of our concept. This enabled us to start into the realization phase with our partners from solid ground.
The team of Bronk & Company showed strong industry as well as process building skills and managed to mold the complex matter into a well structured and flexible model in no time. Chapeau!”
Rhenus Ports GmbH & Co. KG is a member of Rhenus Group, which is one of the leading global logistics service providers with an annual turnover of EUR 7.0 billion. Rhenus has 37,500 employees across 970 sites worldwide. The Rhenus Group offers solutions for a wide range of industries along the entire supply chain, including multimodal transport, warehousing, customs clearance and innovative value-added services.