For carmakers, reducing the cost and weight of their vehicles is a constant challenge. While many organisations take action at the production stage – either by using cheaper versions of the same vehicle parts and systems or by improving efficiency across the supply chain – there are more substantial savings to be made by optimising cost and weight while the technical concept is still under development.
At this stage, savings can be made through a number of methods. These include benchmarking, designing the product to meet business cost targets (‘design-to-cost’), designing products that are easy to manufacture (‘design-to-manufacture’) and system simplification. These measures can, however, be time consuming and costly.
The PA Perfect Cost Grid® – the first web-based benchmarking and cost-engineering platform for the automotive industry – gives cost engineering and development teams fast and affordable access to the comparative data they need to achieve significant reductions in vehicle weight and cost.
The PA Perfect Cost Grid® database gives you access to around 1,000 ready-to-deploy suggestions for reducing cost, weight or manufacturing complexity, either across the value stream of an entire vehicle or for individual components. The database includes:
Search the database by car segment, entire car, system or component, and use the product, process and weight-change categories to find the ideas you need.
Calculate the overall savings you can achieve by using the information on current technical and targeted stage, cost-saving potential for annual volume, investment required and impact on parts. This information is given for every PA Perfect Cost Grid® idea.
We are adding up to 1,000 new ideas to the PA Perfect Cost Grid® every year, covering material substitution, function and part integration, technical concepts and process changes.
The PA Perfect Cost Grid® is informed by PA’s extensive experience in the automotive sector. We have worked with almost all leading global car makers and suppliers – including Fiat, Inalfa and Magna – and our work covers all segments, systems, cost drivers and programme phases. We bring fresh thinking to cost and weight reduction challenges, and have realised long-term savings totalling hundreds of millions of euros for our clients.
For using the PA Perfect Cost Grid® to achieve cost and weight savings on your vehicles, or for a personal presentation, please contact us now