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Fresenius Medical Care

Since 2010, the Global Manufacturing Operations (GMO) division coordinates the global procurement processes. The core responsibility of GMO is also to coordinate the competencies in manufacturing methods and processes, quality management, strategic sourcing, and supply chain management closely within Fresenius Medical Care. The aim is to

  • further increase the efficiency of our processes
  • better manage risks, and therefore costs
  • further increase the profitability of the manufacturing operations

Our production sites that were previously organized at a regional level have been fused into an integrated production network. Facilities with long-standing experience in manufacturing have now become company-wide competence centers to encourage the exchange of best practices – i. e. especially successful procedures and methods – between the different regions and sites. We further examine the extent to which the production plants in the regions can supply each other with finished products and intermediate goods. This applies to products that can be adapted to local requirements but are based on standardized core materials and technologies, enabling manufacturing capacities to be employed more flexibly and thus more efficiently on a global basis.

The GMO division monitors developments on the global procurement markets and in key currencies. The aim is to exploit international price advantages when sourcing raw materials and components for production while at the same time achieving a better spread of the related risks, e. g. potential costs of currency movements or dependencies on individual suppliers.

All of our locations need to be supplied with raw materials and components of consistent high quality. We are therefore sourcing increasingly from suppliers who operate internationally and have production capacities throughout the world. Our existing supplier management system is supplemented by our risk management process. This monitors the relations with strategic suppliers on the basis of standardized criteria. These criteria include the solvency of our suppliers, their short and mid-term supply capacity, currency risks and quality risks as well as the likeliness of natural disasters.

We initiated a project to standardize the demand planning in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. This includes an automatic supply management, ensuring that our national warehouses are refilled when their inventory reaches a defined minimum level. In this way, we intend to further enhance the service quality as well as the cost efficiency of our supply chain.

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