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Exploring PA Perfect Cost Grid®

The PA Perfect Cost Grid® benchmarking and cost-engineering platform - for a personal presentation, please contact us now.

In recent years, the development of benchmarking and cost-engineering capabilities in the automotive industry has improved transparency of product costs significantly. In some cases, it has enabled car manufacturers to achieve savings approaching one billion euros and to reduce product costs for individual models by up to 25%.

However, if these techniques can deliver such a clear advantage to automotive manufacturers, why aren’t they being adopted more widely? To date, only a few car makers and tier-one suppliers have been able to commit the additional capacity and investment required to develop these high-performing techniques. In addition, few of the currently available cost-engineering functions can deliver savings on models already under development while continuously increasing technology and benchmarking activities and achieving 100% cost transparency.

PA Consulting Group's 'Perfect Cost Grid' (PA Perfect Cost Grid®) – the first web-based benchmarking and cost-engineering platform for the automotive industry – gives your purchasing, cost engineering and development teams timely online access to the comparative data and costing tools they need to develop competitively priced vehicles, achieve significant savings in product costs and minimise investment.

The Perfect Cost Grid® enables your organisation to:

  • access up to 1,000 ideas for saving production time, product cost and reducing vehicle weight
  • calculate product costs using proven templates and databases for machine, material and country-specific costs
  • benchmark your technical and commercial solutions against competitors
  • identify additional product cost savings through fine-tuning your calculations with PA’s online cost-engineering support.

Access up to 1,000 ideas for saving production time, product cost and reducing vehicle weight

The PA Perfect Cost Grid®’s cost and weight reduction ideas database contains up to 1,000 ready-to-deploy suggestions for reducing cost, weight or manufacturing complexity, either across the value stream of an entire vehicle or for its individual components. The database can be searched by segment, entire car, system or component and is being constantly expanded with new ideas for further vehicle models.

Calculate product costs using proven templates and databases for machine, material and country-specific costs

The PA Perfect Cost Grid® lets you calculate product cost by specifying materials, machines, processes, overheads, logistics and non-recurring costs. The cost-calculation tool draws on thousands of data items for machinery, consumables and material costs in more than 60 countries, and includes hundreds of ready-to-use templates eliminating the need to create these from scratch again and again.

Benchmark technical and commercial solutions against competitors

The model benchmarking and costing database lets you compare technical and commercial solutions with competing vehicles instantly and gives insight into product description, bill of material and visual documentation such as photos or drawings for systems, components and parts. We update this database continuously: every year, we purchase new models, strip them down to pieces and calculate the cost of all major parts and systems, starting with three new models that have recently come to market. This number will increase by eight new models in 2014 and 16 in 2015.

Identify additional product cost savings through fine-tuning your calculations with PA’s online cost-engineering support

As a user of the PA Perfect Cost Grid® you can place fast-track orders online for specific calculations with priority support from PA’s cost-engineering experts. You will also benefit from comprehensive training by our experts, both online and on site, in how to use the platform and its tools.

PA has worked with almost all leading global car makers and suppliers – including Fiat, Inalfa and Magna – alongside all segments, systems, cost drivers, and programme phases, helping them save hundreds of millions of euros in shortest possible time.

For using the PA Perfect Cost Grid® benchmarking and cost-engineering platform to achieve cost transparency, please contact us now.

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