Re-assessing industrial footprints

New imperatives in an increasingly globalised world

Friday 01 April 2016


In most manufacturing industries, the rules for designing an optimal 'footprint' have dramatically changed over the last 15 to 20 years.

By footprint we mean:

  • What and how much product/service should we produce where?
  • What products and services should we offer to which markets?
  • Where should we locate our operations?'
  • How can we generate value and how should we develop our products and services?

At OC&C we have supported companies and investors through a wide range of situations, typically involving footprints of up to 50+ factories worldwide. Although exposure to globalization varies significantly across industries, some generic features have emerged.

So what are the main challenges and opportunities and how can a company best reset its footprint?

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