GLOUCESTER, England--()--With the help of its Oliver Wight improvement programme, global pharmaceutical company Pfizer has made momentous progress at its Havant site, doubling production levels and generating savings of over £1.5 million in the first year. The site has been awarded two Oliver Wight Class A milestone awards.
“We are now processing twice as many pallets and shipments, and completing more than double the number of transactions as before – yet it doesn’t feel twice as difficult.”
Pfizer Havant packs and distributes medicines that immunise children against pneumococcal disease and treat severe rheumatoid arthritis. Its improvement drive has not only doubled distribution volume, increased the site’s product portfolio and allowed the organisation to exceed customer expectations; it has also produced significant savings. Inventory obsolesce has reduced by 40% and the formulation of a new stable shipping schedule is expected to reduce the plant’s freight budget by 10%.
Jon Sinnott, Supply Chain Solutions Lead at Havant says: “We’ve doubled vaccine output while still running the same shift pattern. Class A has driven us to improve our product mix and the lines we’re packing each SKU on…we plan better and have removed waiting time from the schedule.”
2.7 million people in Britain and 40 million people globally take Pfizer medicines every day. The site at Havant, which employs 320 staff, began working with Oliver Wight after seeing the success of the Class A programme at Pfizer’s site in Freiberg, Germany.
Pfizer Havant was awarded the Class A milestone for Capable Integrated Business Planning (IBP), just seven months in to the programme. Ian Morris, Planning and Customer Relations Manager believes introducing a stable Master Production Schedule (MPS) was a major step forwards. “When we started out levels of performance were as low as 5%; we’re now consistently above 95%. The first 100% was beautiful; people were really proud.”
Warehouse and Logistics Operations Manager, Stewart Prince comments: “We are now processing twice as many pallets and shipments, and completing more than double the number of transactions as before – yet it doesn’t feel twice as difficult.”
Having just been successfully reaccredited by Oliver Wight for Capable IBP, Pfizer Havant is now investigating another milestone assessment, Capable Product and Services.
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About Oliver Wight
Oliver Wight has a 40 year track record of delivering business improvement to some of the world’s best-known organisations. With a team of professionals offering a wealth of experience, Oliver Wight is the largest consultancy of its type, with offices throughout Europe, North and South America, and the Asia Pacific region. We believe that sustainable business improvement can’t be delivered by external consultants but only by our clients’ own people, so unlike other consultancy firms, we transfer our knowledge to them, helping deliver performance levels and financial results that last.
Oliver Wight are the originators of MRP II and sales and operations planning (S&OP). They also provide:
1. Integrated Business Planning (IBP) – Advanced S&OP
2. Supply Chain Design and Optimization
3. Performance Benchmarking for supply chain