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ElringKlinger Automotive Manufacturing Inc./US
www.elringklinger.de/en / HQ: Southfield, Mich. / Employees: 220 / Stephan Maier, general
manager: "We can send off to our customers a product tailored to their needs in every aspect."

Midwest

Leader of
the Pack

elringklinger automotive
dominates in its niche as
it serves ford, general
motors and chrysler.
by alan dorich
ElringKlinger Automotive Manufacturing Inc./US stays flexible when
it serves clients such as Ford Motor
Co., General Motors and Chrysler,
General Manager Stephan Maier says.
"We can send off to our customers a
product tailored to their needs in every aspect," he states.
Based in Southfield, Mich., ElringKlinger Automotive manufactures separator blades for automatic
transmissions. The firm's history
goes back to 2015, when its German
parent company, ElringKlinger AG,
acquired M&W Co., a transmission
component specialist.
Today, as ElringKlinger Automotive, the company employs a staff of
220 and owes its success to its manufacturing processes, Maier says.
"Stamping is one core technology
that M&W had," he states.
The former company also used
a unique assembly process, Maier
adds. "Between what they had and
what we found we could add, we
found we had some very unique synergies," he says.

Better than Before
ElringKlinger Automotive is a leader in its niche in both North America
and Europe, Maier says. But this has
not stopped the company from continually improving its operations.
It recently purchased a new,
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elringklinger automotive is
consolidating its detroit-area
manufacturing to improve its
operations and logistics.

160,000-square-foot facility in
Southfield. "We are using it to consolidate the manufacturing in the
Detroit metro area," Maier says,
noting that the company has completed the first half of the move.
ElringKlinger Automotive plans
to finish consolidating all of its manufacturing by May 2017. "It also will
improve our logistics processes," he
says. "We'll be a lot more efficient
and a lot more streamlined."
The company plans to implement
new technologies as it relocates European projects to the United States.
One will involve screen-printing
technology, which is "one of the core
processes for ElringKlinger," Maier
says, noting that another will help
with fuel efficiency. "It's a modified
product of what we make already."
ElringKlinger Automotive is investing in R&D and its tool shop.

"We want to be able to solve our
problems here directly, instead of
relying on suppliers bringing knowledge and capabilities," he says.
"That is one of the big things that
we're trying to do."

Reducing Waste
ElringKlinger Automotive has implemented lean manufacturing techniques. "We've been using it for about
a year now," Maier says, noting that it
has paid off for the company. "We've
been able to reduce wasted resources
in regards to staffing manpower, but
also on the machinery side."
Inventory is another important focus for the company. "We do manage
inventory based on an SAP system,"
Maier says, noting that it has implemented these controls "from the end
to the beginning" of its operations.
"We try to have a certain safety stock


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