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Ryobi Die Casting

Adding Value
The automotive market is ultra competitive and price matters to many consumers just as much as gas mileage and
in-car technology. The need to reduce
costs has caused OEMs to put more
pricing pressure on suppliers. At the
same time, suppliers must find ways to
make themselves indispensable to ensure they are not replaced by a competitor that can do good enough work at a
lower cost.
The auto industry is unusual in that
OEMs often demand reduction in costs
each year for a contracted program, instead of allowing for slight price increases. "We always have to make sure our
productivity and quality is to the level
that will allow us to meet our customer
demand for price downs," Sano says.

Ryobi Die Casting's solution was to
add secondary processes such as heat
treatments and fluorescent penetrant
inspection (FPI). In the past, the company outsourced those processes to
companies that specialized in machining, but transporting materials between facilities carried shipping costs
and lengthened delivery times to the
customer. Bringing those capabilities
in-house allowed Ryobi Die Casting to
offer more service and value while reducing the number of suppliers customers needed to work with.
"In the past, a lot of times [customers] would have to manage two different suppliers: a cast supplier and a machining suppler," Sano says. "If there
were any issues, they'd point their fingers at each other."

Midwest

Adding secondary processes to its capabilities streamlined the entire process
for Ryobi Die Casting's clients. Additionally, performing its own machining
allowed the company to identify manufacturing defects that are only apparent
during the machining process in-house
so it could more quickly make adjustments to improve quality for the next
production run.
The business case made sense for
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