January 2003

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HP Integration Strategies: Operational excellence: future of the process industries

The process industries face enormous challenges such as cyclical markets with increasing volatility, an extraordinarily high distribution of manufacturing capital assets with their asso..

Woll, D., ARC Advisory Group

The process industries face enormous challenges such as cyclical markets with increasing volatility, an extraordinarily high distribution of manufacturing capital assets with their associated high maintenance costs, and low-margin, high-volume products. The challenge gets ever more serious because of pressure to deliver a reasonable return on assets (ROA) in an environment of a dramatically accelerating responsiveness. Keys to these objectives are a specific combination of high asset utilization and profit margins optimized for a specific vertical. Each vertical has its own strategy for approaching optimal performance. T

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