Practical examples

Are you curious about what this looks like in practice? Time for some examples from practice. There is a brief description of the OEM and the supplier. Then the Build to Design question is described, and finally the most important ’tops and tips’: what went well and what can be learned?

Case study 1

Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success. Motivational quotes

The OEM develops industrial printers for various applications. The supplier produces and assembles printer systems and modules, among other things.

The OEM is developing a new printer for flexible packaging, with cost price being a challenging goal. During the entire development process, from initial concepts to detailed designs, the OEM and supplier work together. Initially, this is a bumpy ride, partly because they are based at different locations.

Decided was to bring the teams together physically where possible. This benefits the collaboration and results in a cost price that comes out below the set target.

What about your future situation?

Consider the following questions: 

  1. Does the Build to Design business model fit your future situation?
  2. Why does or doesn’t this model fit?
  3. What are some possible areas of concern for your future situation with this model?