Why is it important?

With changing geopolitical situation and technological innovation (climate mitigation), raw and general materials extraction, processing and through the supply chain, is under pressure in terms of costs, speed, ESG and regulatory compliance and now ever more digitalization in all industries, it's imperative companies/supply chain partners master Operational Excellence

Our experience

For 10 years we have been working with major Metals and Mining companies either directly or supporting McKinsey as a global partner in building Operational Transformation programs for the industry leaders in Russia, Ukraine, the US.


We have consistenly managed a positive ROI on our Transformation (12+ months) projects, whilst embedding the processes and skills to ensure Sustainability and continued improvements.
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Main workstreams

Based on a Diagnostic of the business challenges and Current State of operations, we develop a tailored Future State with detailed Implementation Plan, measurable objectives (KPIs), typically including some or all of the below Workstreams

Strategy and Production system design

Developing a vision, strategy and measurable plan (Hoshin Kanri) that can be deployed across the organization. Designing and tailoring industry/ company specific Production or Operating Systems, covering all direct and indirect functions.

Supplier management and development

Complete span of support of suppliers, from selection, through to strategic development to 'partnerships'. Also Supplier Interventions, if impacting (QCD) production or Cost Reduction, optimizing process and costings, leveraging continuous improvement and other lean tools.

Lean Organization

Building an effective organisational span of control, roles and responsibilities and processes, as a foundation for a culture of continuous improvement and problem solving that is maintained at all levels.

Performance/Shopfloor Management

Visual management and cascade of key performance indicators (KPIs) and SMART Targets. Shopfloor Management; effectively prioritizing issues, early intervention (containment), effective problem solving of recuring issues and process confirmation to prevent reaccurance.

Focused Improvement projects

Applying methods and tools in a step change improvement in performance in given area or process, to show impact and/or have initial quick-wins.

Lean Digitalization

Digital diagnostics of IT/OT, identify digital waste and potential digital value added Create Future and Ideal States with digital VSM, Systems architecture maps, Entity Relationship Diagrams to mesh/mock up simulations to tailored plan.

Leadership Development

Coaching and capability development based Standard work for leaders including process confirmation, go look see, planning and escalation, coaching and problem solving, creating high performing teams.

Change Agent Development

Set up training and development of a critical mass of Internal specialists, experts and coaches to replace external support and drive and sustain implementation of company Operating/lean System.

New Product Introduction (NPI)

Development of processes and capabilities to launch products or services on quality, cost and delivery targets and building in lessons learnt, built into next iteration (Keshikomi).

Case Studies

Check out case studies from our minerals and mining clients!


UMMC is a Russian mining and metallurgical holding, the largest producer of copper, zinc, coal and precious metals in the country.


EVRAZ produces wheels for freight and passenger trains and locomotive wheels.


NLMK Group is a leading international manufacturer of high-quality steel products with a vertically integrated business model.