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Everything has run according to plan, so now we’re just look- ing to make it run as best as it can.”


A Mutually Beneficial Partnership In addition to its boost in production, Novocast has


realized a number of other benefits since being acquired by Grede Holdings three years ago. Namely, the support offered by the ferrous casting giant has been a tremendous resource that previously was not available. When a part of Grupo Proeza, Novocast was one of two


metalcasting operations in the company’s portfolio. (Teknik, with a total annual capacity of 8,000 tons, was the other.) Since its acquisition by Grede Holdings, Novocast has an entire group of metalcasting facilities with which it can exchange sales support, technical information, employee training and engineering expertise. From Grede’s perspective, the existing management team and workforce at Novocast proved plenty capable, allowing the transition in ownership to move smoothly. “Tere were great people who had been a part of the


Novocast organization for a long time,” Allerton said. “Really, what we did was implement our standard operating pro- cedures and bring them into the fold. We have a very well defined set of metrics, including quality control measures, hourly and monthly performance controls and other methods of increasing productivity, so we wanted Novocast to operate just like any other Grede facility.” Grede Holdings can provide a host of support services


to its newly acquired site. On the flip side, Grede Holdings expanded its stable of metalcasting facilities, increasing its ability to handle customer demands, especially those in the Northern Mexico. “We have the similar capabilities to some U.S. facilities, so


if a scheduling issue arises at a site in U.S. we can produce the same components,” Lopez said. “I think it has been a great transition for Novocast, and we’ve also been able to provide benefits for Grede Holdings as well.” Tending toward medium to high production volumes,


Novocast ships a majority of its castings—somewhere between 85% and 90%, according to company estimates—to Mexican-based customers. Tat same percentage of Novocast castings will eventually reach the U.S. after assembly and shipping. More than three years after joining Grede Hold- ings, the company’s first facility outside of the U.S. is firmly part of the larger organization. “Novocast is an integral part of every discipline in our


organization, from sales to engineering to operations and planning,” Allerton said. “Tey are a crucial part of who we are and our operating procedures.” Considering Novocast’s recent internal improvements,


and Northern Mexico’s rapid growth potential as a manu- facturing hub, Grede Holdings and Novocast executives are optimistic about the future. “We see a lot of potential in Mexico,” Allerton said.


“Either for applications that end up in the U.S. or stay in Mexico, the markets, whether it’s automotive or agriculture or heavy trucking, are growing.” 


以,我们现在只是希望运行达到最佳水平。”


互利的合作伙伴关系 自从3年前由Grede控股公司收购后,Novocast公司 不仅提高了产能,还获得了更多的好处。也就是,从黑 色金属铸造巨头Grede公司获得的支持,已经成为以前 不可能取得的巨大的资源。 作为Grupo Proeza的一部分,Novocast公司 是Grupo Proeza集团的2家铸造企业之一(另一家 铸造企业Teknik公司的年产能为8000吨)。收购 后,Novocast公司具备了完整的铸造设施集群,可交 流销售支持、技术信息、员工培训和工程技术专业培 训。在Grede公司方面看来,现有的管理团队和员工已 具备足够的能力,可以保证所有权的转移顺利进展。 “一直以来,这些伟大的员工都是Novocast公司 的一部分,”Allerton说,“事实上,我们所做的只 是落实我们的标准操作规程,并使之成为一体。我们 有一套完善的标准,包括质量控制方法,每小时和月 度作业表现的控制,以及其他提高生产率的方法。所 以,我们希望Novocast公司可以像Grede的其他工厂 一样运行。” Grede控股公司能够为新收购的企业提供很多支持服 务。另一方面,Grede公司还扩大了铸造业务范围,增 强了满足客户需求的能力,尤其是北墨西哥地区的客户 需求。


“我们与一些美国工厂的产能相似,因此,当某 个美国工厂出现调度问题时,我们也能生产同样的产 品,”Lopez说,“我认为这是Novocast公司的一个大 转变,当然,我们也能够为Grede控股公司提供效益。” 为了从中等产能提高到高产能,Novocast公司将大 部分铸件(据公司估计,约85%-90%)提供给墨西哥客 户。装配和运输后将最终到达美国的Novocast铸件也是 占这样的比例。加入Grede控股公司3年多以来,公司在 美国以外的第一家工厂已成为集团的重要组成部分。 “从销售到工程、运营和规划,Novocast是集团公 司在每个业务分支不可或缺的组成部分,” Allerton 说,“它们是公司和运营的关键组成部分。” Novocast公司最近进行了内部改革,北墨西哥市 场快速发展成为具有潜力的制造业中心,在此基础 上,Grede控股公司和Novocast公司的执行层对未来 持乐观态度。


“墨西哥市场拥有很大的潜力,”Allerton说,“无 论是美国市场已淘汰的产品或仍在墨西哥使用的,不管 是汽车、农机还是重卡等市场都在不断增长。” 


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