Kennametal is a global leader in the design and manufacture of engineered components, advanced materials and cutting tools. Founded in 1938 by Philip M. McKenna, the company delivers productivity to customers seeking peak performance in demanding environments by providing innovative custom and standard wear-resistant solutions. This proven productivity is enabled through advanced materials sciences and application knowledge.
Its commitment to a sustainable environment provides additional value to customers. Kennametal’s portfolio of well-respected brand names and broad global presence enables it to help customers of all sizes in virtually every geography drive success at every stage of their value chain. Strategically aligned across three core businesses – Industrial, Widia and Infrastructure - its products and services touch nearly every manufacturing process. People around the globe can see and touch these results throughout many aspects of their day, from the light switch they turn on to the car they drive.
The Challenge and Benefit
Growing global complexity and increasing volatility in market demands were impacting Kennametal’s bottom line. Inventory levels were bloated and customer satisfaction levels needed to improve. With a very high SKU count and a complex supply base across all continents, it was a challenge to keep data connected and processes optimized. The overall complexity seemed to be a massive hurdle to overcome.
Faced with a massive amount of data and a broad variety of existing processes, the challenge was to connect the dots and drive systematic collaboration. Excessive use of spreadsheets, heavy reliance on non-integrated middleware and disconnected processes - all were hurdles Kennametal needed to overcome.
The project team then began searching for a solution that could help enable its transformation initiatives. After a rigorous selection process, Kennametal chose Kinaxis® RapidResponse®, kicking off the start of its supply chain-maturing journey.
RapidResponse is one of the best platforms for supply chain planning I have seen. It is very user friendly, and has an overwhelming capability and flexibility to meet our requirements.